Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds 7/25/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/24/2014
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:10 PM on MASN, FSOH
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Washington Nationals - Roark, T (9-6) vs. Cincinnati Reds - Simon, A (12-4)
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Friday evening, Tanner Roark gets the call for the Washington Nationals as they face Alfredo Simon and the Cincinnati Reds. It will be the 20th start of the season for both pitchers.
Tanner Roark got his 2nd straight victory in his last outing and that boosted his record to 9 - 6 with a 2.91 ERA. In the win, Roark allowed a run on 6 hits in 7 innings as he walked a batter and struck out 5. Roark is 6 -2 in his last 8 starts and he give the Nationals a chance to win every time he takes the mound. During his rookie campaign in 2013, Roark posted a 7 - 1 record with a 1.51 ERA in 5 starts and 9 relief appearances.
Last season, Roark didn't face the Reds but he has a start against them this season. He took the loss in that outing after allowing just 2 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings.
Alfredo Simon took the loss his last time out and it lowered his record to 12 - 4 with a 2.74 ERA. In that outing, Simon gave up 4 runs and 5 hits (including a homer) in 5 innings of work. He walked a batter while striking out 4. Prior to the loss, Simon hadn't been defeated since late May and was 6 - 1 in his last 9 starts. Last season, Simon made 63 relief appearances en route to a 6 - 4 record with a save and an ERA of 2.87.
In 2013, Simon didn't get a decision in 2 relief appearances against the Nationals. This season, he beat Washington after holding them to a run (on a solo homer) and 5 hits in 7 innings.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 49-41-8 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Washington Nationals is 0.7
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 45-52-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cincinnati Reds is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
07/23/14 LF Ryan Zimmerman Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
05/16/14 CF Eury Perez Toe 60-day DL (5/15)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
07/23/14 SS Zack Cozart Hand questionable
07/10/14 2B Brandon Phillips Thumb 15-day DL (7/9)
07/08/14 1B Joey Votto Quad 15-day DL (7/1)
06/21/14 P Trevor Bell Elbow 60-day DL (4/08)
06/14/14 P Sean Marshall Shoulder 60-day DL (6/13)
03/28/14 3B Jack Hannahan Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
Josh's Pick: Take Cincinnati
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