The Nationals have been in a stellar run of form of late, now sitting at 62-55. This difference is largely because of a strong home record, where they’re 32-25 on the season. Rendon and Soto are their offensive engines, combining for just under 50 home runs and 167 RBI so far. Erick Fedde will pitch here, going 2-2 with a 4.2 ERA this season.
The Reds appear rather unlikely to make the playoffs this season, now just 56-60. Their poor road form is a major reason why, now 10 games below .500 at 23-33. 3rd Baseman Eugenio Suarez continues to put up stellar numbers, leading the squad with 33 home runs and 75 RBI on the season. Anthony DeSclafani has been a solid pitcher, going 7-6 with a 4.2 ERA.
Prediction: Nationals $1.88
Given the talent disparity between these two sides, it’s tough to see why Washington are only slight favourites here. They’ve been a very strong home side of late, while Cincinnati can’t seem to buy a win on the road. I expect Fedde to contain a relatively anaemic Cincy offence, while the Washington lineup scores enough to secure the home win.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, the team now sitting at 58-61. Their home form has improved of late, although they’re still just 30-28 on the season. Mike Trout has continued his tremendous recent form leading the squad with stellar numbers of 39 home runs and 92 RBI. Jose Suarez will pitch here, having struggled to the tune of a 2-3 record and 6.22 ERA so far.
Pittsburgh continue to struggle, falling to just 48-69 after their latest defeat. Their road record is particularly poor, going just 24-37 on the campaign. Who knows where they’d be without Josh Bell, who leads the team with an impressive 29 home runs and 93 RBI. Mitch Keller will pitch here, going 0-1 with a 10.5 ERA in 12 innings this season.
Prediction: Angels $1.65
The Pirates are a mess right now, while the Angels still possess some faint playoff hopes. Mitch Keller has looked atrocious in limited action so far and I can’t see him turning the corner here against Trout and Co. Suarez also has a strong opportunity to bounce back against a thin lineup, which should lead to a comfortable home win at $1.65.