Reds vs. Diamondbacks MLB Pick – September 15th

All it took was a run last night for the Arizona Diamondbacks to find a win against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night. Merrill Kelly pitched a gem, as he went 7 strong innings while allowing just 3 hits and no runs. Not only did it just take a run last night, all the Diamondbacks needed was 1 hit to secure the win. That’s all that the Diamondbacks were able to manage against Anthony DeSclafani.

The D-backs scored on a Jarrod Dyson sac-fly, which accounted for the only offense in the game. The Reds had 3 hits and the Diamondbacks had 1 hit, so there weren’t any fireworks at all. That’s okay with us with a selection on the UNDER in that contest.

The win for the D-backs got the team out of a six-game hole. They were sinking fast before Kelly came up with an outstanding performance Saturday night. The offense should get zero credit for that victory. It’s a good sign to see Kelly pitching like that. The Diamondbacks might make a case for a fairly solid rotation in 2019.

Prospect Zac Gallen has demonstrated why the Diamondbacks were high enough on him to trade a promising offensive prospect. If he continues on this path, the Diamondbacks are going to have their next ace with Zack Greinke gone. That’d make a combo of Gallen, Kelly, and Robbie Ray fairly decent.

Down by 4.5 games in the National League wildcard hunt, we’re not likely to see this team competing in October. It will have to wait for 2020. Gallen is scheduled to get the nod for the Diamondbacks in this one. He’s shown plenty of promise in his young career in the major leagues thus far.

The Marlins may regret getting rid of Gallen, who would be another addition to a long list of guys they probably shouldn’t have said goodbye to. We can go all the way back to Miguel Cabrera. Most recently, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.

We’ll see what happens to Gallen’s career in the next few years, though. Trevor Bauer, who has seen the opposite of Gallen since getting traded to his new team, is scheduled for the Reds on Sunday. Head below for our free Reds vs. Diamondbacks pick.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Diamondbacks -147/Reds +127
  • O/U: 8.5

Pitching Matchup:

  • Trevor Bauer (10-12, 4.55 ERA)
  • Zac Gallen (3-5, 2.66 ERA)

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Zac Gallen continues to go about his business in a productive manner. Trading positions from Miami to the desert has made zero impact on Gallen. With some guys it might take a minute to get comfortable at their new destination, but Gallen hasn’t allowed that to be an issue at all. When Gallen left Miami, he was pitching well with a 2.72 ERA in seven starts. He’s made seven starts with the Diamondbacks and the results are familiar for him. Gallen has been sharp with an ERA of 2.61 in Arizona.

Gallen hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs all season. With the Diamondbacks, he’s allowed 2 or fewer runs in five of his six outings with his new club. The Diamondbacks are feeling pretty good about their rotation for next season and Gallen is a big reason why. Trevor Bauer was in a similar position as Gallen at the trade deadline. He was dealt to a new team, but with Bauer, there appeared to be some animosity with his former employer. Bauer said he didn’t like anything about Cleveland.

Bauer has said that he likes the coaching staff and everything better in Cincinnati, but that was before his effort took a dive. Now that Bauer has posted an ERA of 7.40 and 1.57 WHIP with the Reds, he might be rethinking what he said about Cleveland. He also enters with similar numbers in his most recent three starts, with a 7.04 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. In 22.1 innings as a Red on the road, Bauer has been horrible, posting a 10.88 ERA and 2.06 WHIP. Before leaving the Indians, he allowed 9 hits and 7 earned runs against the Royals in KC. Gallen appears to be the play in this spot over Bauer on Sunday.

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Kyle E / Author

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