Even the Washington Nationals welcome the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game Show at Nationals Park.
The Nationals will be in a pressure cooker for the remaining regular season. They’re in the middle of a tight race at the National League, that is going to move down to the cable. There are several teams involved, with all the Reds, Giants, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Mets, Brewers, Cardinals, along with Nationals all in five games of another.
The Padres even have an outside shot at 6.5 matches to get into the Wild Card Game. At the top of the race are the Nationals having a list of 62-55. They’ve a half match on the Cardinals for homefield advantage in the Wild Card Game. If the postseason started now, it would be the Cardinals against the Nationals in Washington. One team them or both could easily switch between today and the end of September, though.
With a successful show in Washington, the Reds could effectively jump right into the search. They lacked a glorious opportunity with Luis Castillo on the bump Sunday to win three out of four against the Cubs. Insteadthey had to settle for a break at home together with their ace on the mound. Jon Lester turned into a wonderful game to bounce back from conflicts because of him. The Cubs are hanging tough in the NL Central, as they go into this week with a 2-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Nationals were able to salvage their weekend in Queens with a win on Sunday on the Mets. It snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Mets, that would be the first team from the postseason at the time. Erick Fedde will likely be in the driver’s seat for the Nats since they go for back-to-back wins. The Reds should forget about their collection. A hard-fought show against a divisional foe can become a hangover. Anthony DeSclafani will toe the rubber for the Reds to start the contest. Head under for our free Reds vs. Nationals select.
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This is a important series for the Reds, since they could easily play catch up with all the Nationals in 3 days. Why is their comeback quest plenty difficult is that the number of teams that they have to be concerned about. They are attempting to catch a number of teams and need to hope they all trip over themselves as well.
This is not a competition that the Reds have had victory against in the past. The Reds are merely 7-19 in their last 26 games versus the Nationals and 3-9 in their last 12 in Nationals Park. Washington are 8-2 on the Reds in their previous ten encounters. Erick Fedde has allowed no runs against the Reds in 17 at-bats. He enters with an ERA of 4.20 and 1.42 WHIP on the year.
Fedde is coming from a standout performance against the Giants, where he allowed no runs in 6 innings of work. This helped his numbers after getting drilled for 9 earned runs in 3.2 innings vs the Braves. Fedde includes a 6.10 ERA and also 1.65 WHIP in the home in 2019, though that functionality skewed this up considerably. He allowed just 1-run against the Rockies and two from the Phillies in just two home begins before that tragedy. Also note that he’s allowed 2 or less runs in a few of his previous five outings.
DeSclafani has had the same season, with an ERA of 4.20 on the year. He enters with a 4.70 ERA and also 1.50 WHIP in his past 3 starts. DeSclafani was nailed for 4 earned runs on his most recent outing, which came from the Angels. He also lasted 5 hits and 3 walks.
Control has been a problem for himas he has issued seven walks in his past few performances. DeSclafani has additionally allowed 12 hits in his last 10.1 innings on the bump. The Reds have had trouble on the road, with a 23-32 record entering Washington, a location they have historically fought. The Nationals likely come home on Monday and probably find some momentum after an upset of Jacob deGrom yesterday evening.