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Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals Preview and Predictions 08-14-2019 in MLB


Stephen Strasburg hopes the third time is the charm on Wednesday as he attempts to match a career high in wins when the Washington Nationals vie for a three-game series sweep against the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Strasburg, who won 15 games in 2012, 2016, 2017, emerged victorious in seven straight starts before surrendering five homers in his last two trips to the mound.

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Juan Soto (ankle) and Brian Dozier (illness) each homered in their respective returns to the starting lineup in Tuesday's 4-2 win for Washington, which has won six of eight overall to strengthen its hold on the NL's top wild card. Soto has four homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored in his last five games heading into his first career encounter against Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer. Cincinnati's Joey Votto has reached base seven times (four hits, three walks) in the series and carries a five-game hitting streak into the finale. The 2010 NL MVP has enjoyed success versus Strasburg, going 6-for-18 with two homers in his career.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Ohio (Cincinnati), MASN2 (Washington)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Trevor Bauer (10-8, 3.74 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (14-5, 3.72)

Bauer answered a lackluster first start with Cincinnati with a sterling second one on Friday, as the 28-year-old highlighted his one-run performance over seven innings with 11 strikeouts in a 5-2 win against the Chicago Cubs. The 28-year-old has registered seven games with double-digit strikeouts in 2019 while his total versus the Cubs was one shy of his season high. Bauer, who scattered four hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his lone career start against Washington, has flustered Adam Eaton (4-for-24), Dozier (8-for-39, seven strikeouts) and Kurt Suzuki (3-for-14).

Strasburg followed up a three-homer performance against Arizona on Aug. 3 by being taken deep twice six nights later to receive a no-decision against the New York Mets. Those results are staggering considering that the 31-year-old had allowed just one homer during a scintillating seven-start winning streak from June 21-July 28. Strasburg, who owns a 4-1 mark with a 4.01 ERA in nine career starts versus Cincinnati, has kept Derek Dietrich (2-for-24, six strikeouts) and Eugenio Suarez (2-for-12) under wraps.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cincinnati LF Jesse Winker is 3-for-8 with a homer in the series after collecting just one hit in his previous nine at-bats.

2. Washington SS Trea Turner has hit safely in seven consecutive contests and owns a 21-game on-base streak.

3. Reds rookie RF Aristides Aquino went 0-for-4 on Tuesday to see his nine-game hitting streak and seven-game RBI run come to an end.

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Nationals Park
Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
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Last Injuries

Washington Nationals

  • Sean Doolittle

    Knee
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Doolittle has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis. He is expected to return in early September.

  • Brian Dozier

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Dozier has been placed on the paternity list to be with his family after the birth of his child. He is permitted to miss one to three days.

  • Ryan Zimmerman

    Foot
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Zimmerman has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot and is likely to be idle until at least the end of August.

  • Austin Voth

    Shoulder
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Voth has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder tendinitis, and he is likely to be out until at least the end of August.

  • Austen Williams

    Shoulder
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Williams has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He is expected to be on the IL until sometime in August.

  • Koda Glover

    Forearm
    Late Aug | 60-day IL

    Glover has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list with a right forearm strain and will remain out of the lineup until towards the end of August.

  • Juan Soto

    Ankle
    Prob Tues | probable

    Soto was held out of the previous game due to a mild right ankle strain but is likely to suit up Tuesday against the Reds.

  • Brian Dozier

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Dozier is expected to face the Reds on Tuesday despite flu-like symptoms.

Cincinnati Reds

  • Jesse Winker

    Back
    Out Mon | out

    Winker has been dealing with a back injury and will not be in the lineup for Monday's contest against the Padres.

  • Nick Senzel

    Elbow
    Out Mon | out

    Senzel is hampered by a sore left elbow and will not suit up against the Padres on Monday.

  • Derek Dietrich

    Shoulder
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Dietrich has landed on the 10-day injured list due to left shoulder inflammation. He is likely to return towards the end of August.

  • Curt Casali

    Knee
    Ques Fri | 10-day IL

    Casali is on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right knee. It is uncertain if he will return Friday against the Pirates.

  • Joey Votto

    Back
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Votto has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain. He is expected to rejoin the lineup towards the end of August.

  • Amir Garrett

    Suspension
    Elig Tues | out

    Garrett is serving an eight-game suspension due to his role in an altercation. He is expected to be reinstated in time for Tuesday's game against the Padres.

  • Jesse Winker

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Winker sat out the last two games due to upper-back tightness. It is unclear if he will participate in Sunday's clash against the Cardinals.

  • Eugenio Suarez

    Thumb
    Prob Sun | probable

    Suarez did not participate in the last game due to a sprained left thumb, but is expected to take the field against the Cardinals on Sunday.

washington-nationals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Andrew Stevenson 18 3 20 3 7 1 0 0 0 8 0 7 0 .350 .400 .458
Kyle McGowin 6 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Howie Kendrick 91 53 254 45 81 18 0 13 50 138 2 40 1 .319 .543 .373
Anthony Rendon 109 109 415 88 132 32 3 27 97 251 2 67 1 .318 .605 .397
Trea Turner 84 84 356 64 104 24 4 12 38 172 26 85 4 .292 .483 .356
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Wander Suero 57 0 163 65 3 50 4 3 27 0 0 6 17 906
Sean Doolittle 54 0 156 59 2 60 10 2 25 0 0 3 13 930
Matt Grace 50 1 138 34 2 59 11 0 33 0 0 1 10 691
Tony Sipp 36 0 63 18 1 19 1 0 12 0 0 0 9 363
Tanner Rainey 34 0 92 47 2 18 4 0 15 0 0 1 26 602
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Kurt Suzuki 70 58 1 34 5 3 0 5
Yan Gomes 72 65 0 32 16 3 0 7
Pedro Severino 73 65 1 28 10 7 0 9
Adam Eaton 117 113 0 0 0 5 1 0
Adrian Sanchez 24 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

cincinnati-reds Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Michael Lorenzen 73 0 14 5 5 1 0 0 2 6 3 6 0 .357 .429 .400
Yasiel Puig 15 15 57 8 20 5 1 2 10 33 2 13 1 .351 .579 .422
Aristides Aquino 17 16 57 15 19 1 0 11 22 53 0 14 0 .333 .930 .397
Phillip Ervin 58 24 124 19 41 7 5 3 14 67 3 31 2 .331 .540 .390
Jose Iglesias 112 105 386 51 114 18 3 8 47 162 5 54 5 .295 .420 .323
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Michael Lorenzen 58 0 189 64 1 56 8 1 25 0 0 4 26 1030
Amir Garrett 52 0 138 65 3 32 6 1 14 0 0 6 25 773
Raisel Iglesias 50 0 155 66 1 46 9 4 23 0 0 0 20 875
David Hernandez 47 0 128 53 1 53 7 3 39 0 0 2 20 787
Jared Hughes 47 0 145 34 2 41 6 0 27 0 0 3 19 779
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tucker Barnhart 80 63 0 28 9 2 0 3
Curt Casali 62 42 0 25 7 2 0 2
Kyle Farmer 80 28 0 6 2 2 0 0
Juan Graterol 5 5 0 2 0 0 0 1
Aristides Aquino 17 16 0 0 0 0 1 0