The Washington Nationals welcome the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game series in Nationals Park.
The Nationals will be in a pressure cooker for the rest of the regular season. They’re in the midst of a tight race in the National League, which will move down to the wire. There are lots of teams involved, with all the Reds, Giants, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Mets, Brewers, Cardinals, and Nationals all within five games of one another.
The Padres have an outside shot 6.5 matches to get into the Wild Card Game. At the peak of the race are the Nationals with a list of 62-55. They’ve a half game on the Cardinals to get homefield advantage in the Wild Card Game. In case the postseason started today, it’d be the Cardinals from the Nationals in Washington. One team them or both could change between the end of September and today , though.
With a successful show in Washington, the Reds could efficiently jump right into the search. They lacked a glorious chance with Luis Castillo about the bump Sunday to win three out of four against the Cubs. Rather , they had to settle for a break in the home together with their ace on the mound. Jon Lester turned into a wonderful game to rally back from recent conflicts because of him. The Cubs are hanging tough in the NL Central, because they go into this week using a 2-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Nationals managed to salvage their weekend in Queens with a win on Sunday on the Mets. It snapped an eight-game winning streak to the Mets, that would be the first team out of the postseason at this moment. Erick Fedde will likely be in the driver’s seat for the Nats as they opt for back-to-back wins. The Reds must quickly forget in their collection at home against the Cubs. A hard-fought series from a divisional foe can become a hangover. Anthony DeSclafani will toe the rubber for the Reds to open the competition. Head under for our complimentary Reds vs. Nationals select.
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This is a critical series for the Reds, since they can instantly play catch up with all the Nationals in 3 days. What makes their comeback pursuit plenty challenging is the variety of teams that they have to worry about. They are attempting to catch numerous teams and need to hope that they trip over themselves too.
This is not an opponent that the Reds have had victory against previously. The Reds are just 7-19 in their last 26 games vs 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 contrary to the Reds in 17 at-bats. He enters with an ERA of 4.20 and also 1.42 WHIP on the year.
Fedde is coming off a standout performance against the Giants, in which he allowed no runs in 6 innings of work. That helped his numbers after getting drilled for 9 earned runs in 3.2 innings versus the Braves. Fedde has a 6.10 ERA and 1.65 WHIP at home in 2019, though that functionality skewed it up considerably. He allowed just 1-run against the Rockies and 2 from the Phillies in two home starts before that tragedy. Also note that he’s allowed 2 or less runs in a number of his previous five outings.
DeSclafani has had precisely the same season, having the ERA of 4.20 annually. He concludes with a 4.70 ERA and also 1.50 WHIP in his last few starts. DeSclafani was nominated for 4 earned runs in his most recent outing, which came from the Angels. He also lasted 5 hits and 3 walks.
Control was an issue for him, as he’s issued seven walks in his last 3 performances. DeSclafani has also allowed 12 hits in his final 10.1 innings about the bump. The Reds have had trouble on the street, using a 23-32 record going into Washington, a place they have historically struggled. The Nationals probably go home on Monday and probably find some momentum following an upset of Jacob deGrom yesterday day.