Cincinnati Reds (5-1) at Arizona Diamondbacks (2-5 )
- Time: 6:40 am PST, 8:40 pm CST, 9:40 pm EST
- Place: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Arizona, MLB Extra Innings
The Cincinnati Reds, who have experienced an offensive explosion of 25 runs, in the last two games, are in first place alone for the first time since Mar. 30, 2019. They haven’t started 5-1 since 2016 and their five-game winning streak is one game shy of last year’s longest win streak of six.
Arizona has struggled out of the chute much in part to a team ERA of 5.17 as the starting pitching has been a huge issue in giving up an ERA of 6.51. In defense of the Diamondbacks, playing the offensive juggernaut known as the San Diego Padres and then the Rockies in Coors Field is a tough indoctrination into the young season that poses so many questions.
Vs. The Spread:
- The OVER has been the play in 5 of the Reds’ 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the last 5 Reds’ games in Arizona
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Diamondbacks’ last 6 games
- The UNDER has been the call in the last five games between Arizona and Cincinnati
- The DBacks are 5-1 SU in their last 6 home games
Last Time Out:
The Cincinnati Reds hit four home runs on Wednesday as they clubbed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-4 to sweep a 3-game set. Tyler Naquin lead off the game with a home run as the Reds plated five runs in the first inning. Tyler Stephenson and Aristides Aquino had back-to-back homers in the eighth for Cincinnati after Nick Castellanos homered in the fifth.
Arizona was pounded 7-3 in the final game of three in Colorado as the Rockies took a 2-1 win in the series. David Peralta broke up a no-hitter by Colorado pitcher Jon Gray in the seventh. Arizona’s Merrill Kelly fell to 0-2 as he gave up seven runs on nine hits in six innings.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Cincinnati Reds||-1½ (-106)||-147||O 9 (-125)|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||+1½ (-114)||+136||U 9 (+105)|
Tyler Mahle takes the mound after he won a 9-6 decision in St. Louis last Saturday. Mahle pitched into the sixth inning as he gave up three runs on four hits. Mahle is 5-5 over his last 10 games as he has a 3.59 ERA while batters only have a .198 average in that time.
Arizona rookie Taylor Widener was successful in his first major league start on Sunday as he allowed only three hits in six innings. While he picked up a no-decision, the Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 3-1 to pick up their first win of the season. Widener made his MLB debut last season and fashioned a 4.50 ERA in 12 relief appearances.
The 56 runs by the Reds in their first six games are the most in history…Tyler Naquin led off Wednesday’s game with his second career lead-off homer some 24 hours after hitting two home runs and driving in seven. He is the first Red with back-to-back lead off homers since Eddie Milner in 1984…Reds rookie second baseman Jonathan India has been a tough out through the first six games as he is batting .476 with 10 RBI in the first six games.
The Reds have no stolen bases in their first six games, but with the power they have displayed at the plate, there has been not as much need to advance runners…Where this offense goes this season is anyone’s guest. Naquin and Nick Castellanos already have four home runs each while Naquin has 13 RBI and Castellanos has 26 total bases.
Arizona has to pick up it’s batting average of .216 until the pitchers can catch up and the Diamondbacks can battle with their rotation. Center-fielder Ketel Marte had a hot start with a .462 average over the first six games but has landed on the 10-day IL. He hit safely in five straight before the injury…Catcher Carson Kelly is the only DBack with a comparable start to Marte as he has gone 6-for-13 with a pair of doubles in five games.
Outfielder Tim Locastro’s 27 straight stolen bases is the longest string to start a career as it ties Tim Raines and is the longest string since 1951…The struggle continues to be real for aging veteran pitcher Madison Bumgarner. In two starts so far this season, he has given up 11 runs on 15 hits including two homers. He had a 6.40 ERA and a 1-4 ledger in the Valley of the Sun after he was dealt from San Francisco last season.