Wednesday MLB Betting
The Washington Nationals will try to snap a four-game losing streak tonight with rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg taking the hill against the Cincinnati Reds.
Strasburg (4-2, 2.03) recorded his fourth win of the season in his last start against Florida. He held the Marlins scoreless over six innings while allowing four hits with seven strikeouts. View Matchup
Since that win then Nats have dropped four in a row, including last night's 8-7 loss to the Reds. Washington scored six runs in the sixth inning in that game, but their comeback attempt came up one run short.
The Reds will look for a solid outing from Bronson Arroyo (10-4, 3.96) tonight. Arroyo has been lights out for the Reds lately with a 5-1 record in his last six starts. Last time out against Colorado he limited the Rockies to two runs on five hits over seven innings. The last time he faced Washington he picked up a no-decision despite allowing only two runs on six hits in eight innings.
The Reds' bullpen blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth in that game, but Cincinnati still came away with a 5-4 win in extra innings. With Strasburg starting at home tonight the Nats are a -120 favorite at Bovada. It's hard to bet against the flamethrower, but the Nats haven't supplied him with the greatest run support so far when they're facing a solid starter.
In Strasburg's two losses the Nats have scored zero runs, so the Reds might be the smart bet at +100. An even smarter bet would be to take the UNDER on the posted total of 7. Three of Strasburg's last five starts have gone UNDER, while the UNDER has paid off in five of Arroyo's last six outings.
Also on tap tonight is the second game of a three-game set between San Diego and Atlanta. The Braves took the opener last night 4-1 behind seven strong innings from starter Jair Jurrjens. Matt Diaz provided all the pop the Braves would need with a home run and three RBI.
Atlanta sends young gun Tommy Hanson (8-6, 4.19) to the mound tonight to face veteran Jon Garland (9-6, 3.43).
Hanson is coming off a loss against Milwaukee in which he allowed four runs on six hits in five innings. He shut down the Padres earlier this season, allowing only one run on four hits with seven strikeouts over six innings.
Garland schooled the Diamondbacks in his last start, tossing six innings and allowing one run on three hits. He's only faced the Braves twice in his career, but both starts have been disasters. In a combined 8 1-3 innings he's allowed 13 runs. That comes out to an 0-2 record and a 14.04 ERA. If the Braves have Garland's number again tonight then Atlanta, which also owns the best home record in baseball, looks like the smart pick at -155.