Arizona Diamondbacks vs Cincinnati Reds MLB Pick – June 8

The MLB is set up with another strong slate of baseball action on June 8. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds. These two teams have struggled early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will start at around 6:40 PM Eastern time.

Arizona has earned a record of 26-31 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the NL West. The Diamondbacks have lost four games in a row entering this one. Arizona will look to bounce back quickly on the road though. The D-Backs will look for a quicker start in the third game of this series.

The Reds have put up a record of 20-35 so far this season, which has them in last place of the NL Central. Cincinnati has won their last two games and will look to keep it going. The Reds will look to take the series with a win at home on Wednesday. Cincinnati will look to build on their strong hitting from the previous two games.

These two teams have struggled early on this season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Diamondbacks dropped the first two games of this four game set, but will look to bounce back. Cincinnati will look to build on this small winning streak. If either team can come out strong, it could be enough to earn the win on Wednesday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Arizona Diamondbacks +1 ½ (-180) +100 Over 9 ½ (-105)
Cincinnati Reds -1 ½ (+155) -120 Under 9 ½ (-115)

 

Team Data Arizona Diamondbacks Cincinnati Reds
Overall Record 26-31 20-35
Away/ Home Record 12-15 12-15
Batting Average .215 .237
Batting Average Away/ Home .221 .273
ERA 4.42 5.41
ERA Away/ Home 5.10 5.56

Betting Trends

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • 1-5 in June games
  • 4-3 when playing on Wednesday’s
  • 17-16 in night games
  • 7-8 against left-handers
  • 2-2 after allowing ten or more runs
  • 13-17 after a loss
  • 13-11 against team with a losing record

Cincinnati Reds

  • 3-4 in June games
  • 2-5 when playing on Wednesday’s
  • 11-22 in night games
  • 13-24 against right-handers
  • 9-19 after a win
  • 12-9 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice already in this series. Tyler Stephenson and Kyle Farmer both had two RBI’s in the first meeting, while Hunter Greene gave up one hit through seven innings as Cincinnati won 7-0. Matt Reynolds had four RBI’s in the second matchup of the series as the Reds earned a 14-8 win.

Offense

The D-Backs have struggled a bit at the plate throughout this season. Arizona has a batting average of .215, which is 29th in the MLB. The Diamondbacks have a .296 OBP, which is 25th in the league. Arizona has a .674 OPS as well, which is 22nd in the MLB on the season. The D-Backs will look to step up offensively after earning eight runs.

Cincinnati has been a bit better hitting the ball throughout the season. The Reds have earned a .237 batting average, which is 18th in the league. Cincinnati has an OBP of .309 this season, which is 19th in the MLB. The Reds have posted an OPS of .693, which is 20th in the league. Cincinnati will look for their bats to remain hot in this one.

The Reds have been a bit better hitting the ball throughout this season and will look to keep it going in this one. Cincinnati has a much better batting average. Both teams are coming off strong offensive performances with a combined 22 runs on Tuesday night. If either team can come out stronger at the plate, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

Merrill Kelly will likely get the start on the mound for Arizona in this one. Kelly has started in 11 games this season, going 4-3 in those matchups. He has posted a 3.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.390 in those games. Kelly’s last start was against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He gave up three hits and two earned runs through five innings in the winning effort.

I expect Mike Minor to get the nod at pitcher for the Reds on Wednesday night. Minor has earned a record of 0-1 through his one start on the season. He has put up an ERA of 11.25 and a 1.500 WHIP through four innings. Minor will look to bounce back in his second start with a win for Cincinnati on Wednesday night.

These two pitchers have put up opposite starts as of late and will look for a big win in this one. Kelly has been the better pitcher on the season and will look to build on a strong last outing. Minor will look to bounce back after a rough first outing. If either pitcher can control the zone early, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

The Reds have taken the first two games of this series against Arizona. I think that the Diamondbacks will bounce back on the road in this one. Arizona will look to shut down Cincinnati’s offense after giving up 21 runs in the first two games. If Kelly can come out strong, I think the D-Backs can earn this win.

Bovada has Cincinnati listed as a -115 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Reds will win this game around 53.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams struggling on the season. Arizona has been the better overall team on the season and I think they will bounce back. As underdogs, I like the value on the Diamondbacks.

The Bet
Arizona Diamondbacks
-105
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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