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Reds vs. Nationals, Game 2 - Preview and Lineups

A chance to nail down a series win.

MLB: Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

So, that was a good win last night. The Reds jumped out all over one of the best performers in the National League, scoring five runs in the first inning against Patrick Corbin.

On paper, this one should be a little easier. Erick Fedde has yet to really live up to the prospect hype from a few years ago, where he was rated as a top 50-ish prospect a late as 2017. He received three starts with the Nationals in 2017, pitching 15 innings with an ERA over 9. He got 11 more starts last season, getting 50 innings worth of 5.54 ERA ball. So, not great.

He may be turning a corner this season, however. He’s only started two other games so far this season, working out of the bullpen in five other games. In 20.2 IP he’s pitched 2.18 ERA ball, giving up only five earned runs all season. However, he’s walked eight batters in that time frame, while striking out only 12. He’s going to have to do better than that to keep a two-something ERA.

Hopefully the Reds continue to mash the way they did last night.

Tanner Roark will make the first start of his career against his former team. Maybe he’s got a revenge game coming.

Reds lineup

Nationals lineup