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Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals odds, tips and betting trends | June 2

On Thursday, a series opener is on the schedule, with the Washington Nationals (18-34) visiting the Cincinnati Reds (17-32) at 6:40 PM ET.

The Nationals are an underdog away (+111) against the Reds (-131). The starting pitchers are Graham Ashcraft (1-0) for the Cincinnati Reds, and Joan Adon (1-8) for the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals were beaten by the Mets 5-0 yesterday. Josh Bell went 2-for-3 with a double, and Evan Lee took the loss, pitching 3 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out two.

To prepare for the Reds vs. Nationals matchup, here is what you need to get ready for Thursday’s baseball action.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals Odds and Betting Lines

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  • Favorite: Reds (-131, bet $131 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Nationals (+111, bet $100 to win $111)
  • Over/under: 9.5

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Reds Stats and Trends

Reds Betting Records

  • The Reds have entered the game as favorites seven times this season and won twice.
  • Cincinnati has played as a favorite of -131 or more twice this season and won both games.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 56.7% chance of a victory for the Reds.
  • Games involving Cincinnati have gone over the total set by bookmakers in 27 of 50 chances this season.
  • The Reds are 23-27-0 against the spread in their 50 chances this season.

Graham Ashcraft (Reds Probable Starter)

  • Ashcraft will get the start for the Reds, his third of the season.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Friday, when he threw 6 1/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants without allowing a run.
  • He has an ERA of 1.69, a 1 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.125 in two games this season.
  • The Nationals have scored 206 runs this season, which ranks 19th in MLB. They are batting .252 for the campaign with 32 home runs, 29th in the league.

Reds Batting Stats

  • The Reds have hit 42 homers this season, which ranks 23rd in the league.
  • Hitters for the Reds combine to rank 26th in the majors with a .360 team slugging percentage.
  • Cincinnati has a team batting average of just .226 this season, which ranks 26th among MLB teams.
  • The Reds rank 23rd in the league with 202 total runs scored this season.
  • Cincinnati has the 24th-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.298).
  • The Reds rank 17th with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.

Nationals Stats and Trends

Nationals Betting Records

  • The Nationals have been underdogs in 43 games this season and have come away with the win 13 times (30.2%) in those contests.
  • Washington has a mark of 12-27 in contests where bookmakers favor them by +111 or worse on the moneyline.
  • Oddsmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Nationals have a 47.4% chance of pulling out a win.
  • Washington and their opponents have gone over in 27 of their 53 games with a total set by sportsbooks this season.
  • In 53 games with a line this season, the Nationals have a mark of 20-33-0 against the spread.

Joan Adon (Nationals Probable Starter)

  • Adon (1-8 with a 6.08 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings pitched) gets the start for the Nationals, his 11th of the season.
  • In his most recent appearance on Saturday, the righty went six innings against the Colorado Rockies, giving up no earned runs while surrendering six hits.
  • The 23-year-old has put up an ERA of 6.08, with 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 10 games this season. Opponents have a .267 batting average against him.
  • Adon is looking to secure his third quality start of the season.
  • Adon has three starts this campaign where he pitched five or more innings.
  • The opposing Reds offense has a collective .226 batting average, and is last in the league with 359 total hits and 23rd in MLB action with 202 runs scored. They have the 26th-ranked slugging percentage (.360) and are 23rd in all of MLB with 42 home runs.

Nationals Batting Stats

  • The Nationals have hit 32 home runs this season, the second-lowest total in MLB play.
  • So far this season, the Nationals rank 23rd in the league, slugging .363.
  • Washington is fifth in MLB with a .252 batting average.
  • The offense for the Nationals is the No. 19 offense in baseball scoring 4.0 runs per game (206 total runs).
  • Washington ranks eighth in the league with a .319 on-base percentage.
  • The Nationals strike out 7.1 times per game to rank fourth in baseball.

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