Game 4/ Washington at Cincinnati preview

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Ready for another great series to wrap up Cincinnati home stand? Well, here is another contender, the Washington Nationals. 

Tonight’s two starters are doing different ways, one going down and the other going up. 

The one that has been going down lately is Dan Haren, Washington’s starting pitcher tonight. Haren has served in the MLB for the 8 years, starting with the Cardinals in 2003 through 2004.  After starting his journey in St. Louis, he went out west to Oakland, served from 2005 through 2007. The journey still continued for Haren, served with Arizona from 2008 to 2010 until the trade deadline, he went back to California to play with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, to play with them till 2012. Now here he is today, playing with one of the best Starting Rotations in all of Baseball, the overall goal he wants to establish is to regain his 200 IP arm he had, when he was with Oakland and Arizona, he had one season in Los Angleles (2011), where he had a 200 IP season.

Now to the rise, Homer Bailey. Ever since his major league debut in 2007, his IP count has grown (except for 2008 and 2010). Since the 2008 season, he went from 36 innings to 113 and last year to 208. Is Homer expected to pitch up to 297 innings? No, being a consistent pitcher? Yes. Homer has had good things go his way lately, a no-hitter in September against Pittsburgh and an effective outing in Game 3 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants.If Homer reaches that form early without injury, he can have himself a heck of a year.

Adam Berry of Nationals MLB.com, reported that Bailey has thrown 10 earned runs of 48 2/3 inning ball in September and October, that earns him a 1.85 ERA. There is that one problem a pitcher has, Bailey’s is pitching at home. Homer doesn’t fare well with the Home Run hitting parks, gave up 21 at Great American Ballpark, he threw 47.76% of his innings at GABP last season, which means he throws around 4 1/3 to 6 innings per game at GABP. One thing he will be working on this season is keeping the ball down low and trim the home ERA, which was at 5.16.

Tonight’s prediction

Homer Bailey: 6 2/3 IP, 4 hits, double, home run, 3 runs, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts

Dan Haren: 6 2/3 IP, 6 hits, double, triple, home run, 3 runs, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts

3 Offense Threats for Nationals and Reds

Nationals: Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche, and Ryan Zimmerman

Reds: Brandon Phillips, Shin-Soo Choo, and Joey Votto

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