The Arizona Diamondbacks are hot and getting closer, but they are going to need more down the stretch. Just like what the Mets were doing last month, the Diamondbacks have exploded out of the blue to get into the postseason hunt. They hope to do what the Mets couldn’t do, which is stay hot and get over the hump. The Mets stalled out as soon as they were about to take control of a wildcard.
Arizona are still 3.5 games back, so they have work left to do. This was exactly like the Mets. The Mets got within about two games and the wheels suddenly fell off and rolled away. In any event, they’re still in the race, but they have to compete with teams like the Diamondbacks who are playing their best baseball right now.
The Snakes enter Friday with a record of 9-1 in their previous ten games. They’ll be on the road after spending their last seven games in the desert. Arizona will be back home next Friday to welcome the Mets to Phoenix. Following the weekend, they’re at Citi Field for an important series against the Mets. We’ll see how the standings play out after this weekend of games.
The most impressive of the Diamondbacks’ recent wins was over the Dodgers. They not only beat the Dodgers, but they beat them in three out of four games. Beating the Dodgers three games in a row doesn’t happen by mistake. And they managed to avoid a letdown after that series as well, with a sweep of the Padres thereafter.
Robbie Ray will be counted on for a solid outing to get the Diamondbacks their 10th win in 11 games. Tyler Mahle will try to block that for the Reds. The Reds enter on a two-game winning streak over the Phillies. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Reds pick.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick:
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The Diamondbacks said goodbye to Zack Greinke, as they executed a trade with the Houston Astros to bring in some prospects. By the way it’s been going, it looks like a pretty good move by the Diamondbacks. They got to shed his salary and they’re playing better baseball recently. It also resulted in the Diamondbacks contacting the Marlins about Zac Gallen. Gallen is younger and pitching just as good or better than they were getting out of Greinke.
He’s a prospect but pitching like a seasoned veteran. That has put less strain and pressure on Robbie Ray, who went into the No. 1 role after the Greinke trade. Ray has been pitching well, as he goes into Cincinnati with an ERA of 3.97 and 1.32 WHIP. Definitely solid, but Gallen looks like the elite arm of the rotation. In 65 at-bats, the Reds have scored 6 runs with 1 long ball against Ray.
Mahle is on the heels of a nice performance against the Cardinals on the road. He was sharp with just 2 hits and 2 earned runs allowed in 6.1 innings. When you play on a bad team, though, bad things tend to happen despite good efforts like that. The Reds still managed to lose the game, 4-3.
He’s become familiar with getting no help elsewhere, as Mahle is still searching for his 3rd win of the season. Mahle needed a start like that because he was floundering recently. Note that he owns an ERA of 6.19 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in his previous three outings. The Diamondbacks are hot and I wouldn’t jump off the wagon just yet. Consider backing Ray and the Diamondbacks to get it done again Friday night.