The Washington Nationals enter Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds having lost three straight games and will look to struggling starter Joan Adon to pick them up.
The team is 1-9 in Adon’s 10 starts this season, with the Nationals losing eight of those starts by three or more runs and Adon posting an overall ERA of 6.08. That balloons to 6.87 on the road, where opponents are hitting .287 off of him.
As a team, the Nationals have a 5.87 ERA on the road. Paolo Espino is the only pitcher on the staff who’s logged at least 3 1/3 innings and posted an ERA lower than 3.72.
The Reds send Graham Ashcraft to the hill for his third career MLB start after allowing two runs in a combined 10 2/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants. Both of those starts led to Cincinnati wins.
Ashcraft is backed up by an offense that is second in the MLB in runs per game at home (5.9) and has scored at least four runs in 16 of the last 17 home games.
The Reds are 14-10 since their disastrous 3-22 start to the season and will keep the upward climb going against the Nationals’ struggling starter on Thursday.
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