Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/29/14
Cincinnati Reds (22-28) at Arizona Diamondbacks (21-33)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
Tony Cingrani (L) (2-4) (4.060) vs. Josh Collmenter (R) (3-2) (4.200)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -114 / Cincinnati Reds +104 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Arizona, Ohio
The Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks square off in game one of their series on Thursday.
I believe Cincinnati's turnaround is not a question of if but when although when isn't right now. After dropping four in a row and seven of ten heading in to a series ending bout with Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, the prospects of a Reds win didn't seem promising. Lo and behold the slumping visitors pulled off a 3-2 victory behind a sterling effort on the mound from Homer Bailey who gave up both runs on five hits through seven innings pitched. The Cincy offense posted eight hits and a base on balls and received some quick support when Brandon Phillips connected on a first inning two run homer. Cincinnati hopes to begin stringing the wins together when lefty Tony Cingrani takes the ball versus Arizona. Cingrani has been struggling over his last three with an 0-2 record and 6.19 ERA.
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Arizona just can't string together the wins and need to if they have any hope of getting themselves back in the National League West race. The talent base says the Diamondbacks are far better then their record but we'll see if that translates in to success going forward. The Snakes erupted for a 12-6 victory over San Diego Wednesday behind an eight run first that essentially ended things before they started. Chase Anderson picked up the win with a five inning stint with four runs allowed (three earned). That was easily good enough with a 17 hit attack carrying the day with Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado leaving the yard and driving in three each. AJ Pollock and Ender Inciarted recorded two RBI's each in a game that was 10-0 after two innings. Josh Collmenter is scheduled to face visiting Cincinnati for the first time in his career. Collmenter enjoyed one of his better outings in a 3-2 win at the Mets where he allowed two runs over six innings.
Both teams are coming in off of big wins so there is momentum on each side. Neither hurler has been impressive enough to gain my confidence but I suppose Collmenter has been better then Cingrani. I honestly could make an argument for either side...