The Arizona Diamondbacks made it a tight finish last night, but they did enough to escape with a 7-5 win against the Reds in Cincinnati. The Reds pressed the issue in the 9th with two runners on and none out. That turned into 2 outs and the bases loaded. It meant the same thing as a quick 1-2-3 inning, because the Reds had the door closed on them without having scored a run. The Diamondbacks held on for the win by a score of 7-5.
They had a 6-2 lead and watched it evaporate to 6-5 in the 5th inning. The Diamondbacks bended, but they didn’t break, though. Kudos to the bullpen for not allowing the Reds to tie the game up or take the lead. After the Reds pulled within a run, it looked like the Diamondbacks were ready to blow the game completely.
Friday night marked the 10th win for the D-backs in their previous 11 contests. They looked determined to find a way into the postseason no matter how long the odds were against them just a few weeks ago. Going into Saturday, the Diamondbacks are behind by just 2.5 games now for the final wildcard slot in the National League.
They sold at the deadline with the departure of Zack Greinke but have been better since then. Arizona are the first team out and will be looking to reel in the Cubs down the stretch. The acquisition of Zac Gallen, along with other young guys stepping up as helped greatly.
One of those young guys, Alex Young, will get a chance against the Reds on Saturday. The rookie has made 11 starts in his young career and has been able to contribute right from the get-go. His emergence has helped in the absence of Greinke. Young will be up against ace Luis Castillo of the Reds in this contest. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Reds pick.
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Alex Young will be counted on to keep the hot streak running for the Diamondbacks. Despite how good they’ve been playing, the Diamondbacks cannot afford to let up now. That’s exactly what the Mets did and they find themselves in a tricky spot. They were red-hot, variance took over, and it’s going to be a tough road into the postseason for them. The D-backs must defy variance and keep this going all the way into October.
Young has been pitching quite well for the Diamondbacks as a rookie. He enters Saturday with a rock solid ERA of 3.84 and 1.14 WHIP. In his last three outings, he’s posted a 3.45 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. This is something for him to build upon going into his second season in the majors. In any event, Young has earned a starting spot in the rotation for 2020. That’s a lock barring an injury. He’s performed better on the road by a pretty significant margin. Young hasn’t gotten used to the desert air yet, apparently.
He heads into Saturday with a 2.96 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the road as opposed to a 4.60 ERA at home in Arizona. Young will be making his first appearance against the Reds this evening. He gets a touch matchup against Castillo in this one. The Reds haven’t gone anywhere in 2019, just to the land of disappointment, but they did discover that Castillo can be an ace.
Castillo enters this one with a 3.25 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He’s been at his best in Cincinnati, where he’s posted a 2.89 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 106 innings. Castillo has been locked in against the Diamondbacks in his career. They are hitting just .158 in 38 at-bats against him. I’m expecting this to be a battle between the young pitchers on Saturday. in Cincinnati. Considering selecting the UNDER if you are looking for some action between the Diamondbacks and Reds.