Reds begin road series against Nats

Having already taken one series against the Washington Nationals so far this season the Cincinnati Reds will try to do it again starting Thursday night as they open up a four-game road set.

The Reds won two of three games against the Nationals when those National League teams met in MLB betting action in Cincinnati earlier in April, improving them to 4-6 in their last 10 against Washington. Each of those three first meetings were OVER games.

The match puts starter Bronson Arroyo for the Reds on the hill facing Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals. Arroyo brings a 2-1 mark to the game, while Gonzalez is 1-1 to date on the season.

View Cincinnati vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Washington was a -147 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Nationals rated this week at No. 13 and the Reds sitting at No. 6.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 10 ranked National League offense (3.6 runs per game) against a Reds defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 in the National League at 3.7 runs allowed per game. The Nationals have been averaging 7.6 hits per game, less than the Reds have managed so far this season (9.1 hits on average).

Defensively, Cincinnati features the National League's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 6.3 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the National League at home, scoring 3.3 runs per game.

The Reds were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -167 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Reds didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Chicago 1-0 on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

In their last action, Washington was a 4-2 loser at home against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at +143 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Nationals endured a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Wednesday, with Stephen Strasburg throwing 7 innings of 5-hit ball at Nationals Park.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Cincinnati are 9-1
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Reds at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Cincinnati at Washington, Friday, April 26

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