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MLB Game Preview - Reds underdogs vs Nationals at Washington

Cincinnati RedsWashington Nationals
April 27, 1:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Cincinnati Reds vs Washington Nationals Odds

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The Washington Nationals will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Cincinnati Reds invade Nationals Park on Saturday.

The Nationals will rely on Dan Haren to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Mike Leake will be his counterpart for the Reds. Dan Haren is 1-3 this season, and Mike Leake is 1-0.

View Cincinnati vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors were +-116 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 8 at GTbets.eu for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals sit at No. 13 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Reds sit at a National League No. 6 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 9-rated National League offense, averaging 3.7 runs per game, against a Reds defense that ranks No. 5 in the National League at 3.8 in runs allowed per game. The Nationals have averaged 7.7 hits per game so far, less than Reds batters have averaged on the year (8.5 hits per game).

Defensively, Cincinnati features the National League's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.9 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the National League at home, scoring 3.5 runs per game.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 1-0 loser as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -130 were rewarded, while the 1 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Cincinnati didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Jordan Zimmermann in a losing cause, 1-0, against Washington on Friday.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Cincinnati are 8-2
After playing Cincinnati are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

A few Reds at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 10 games on the road
Cincinnati is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Cincinnati at Washington, Sunday, April 28