Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/1/14
Cincinnati Reds (24-29) at Arizona Diamondbacks (23-34)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Chase Field)
Alfredo Simon (R) (6-3) (2.903) vs. Wade Miley (L) (3-5) (4.757)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -130 / Cincinnati Reds +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Arizona, Ohio
The Cincinnati Reds hope to finish their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a win on Sunday.
The worry for Cincinnati is when and if will the offense come around and begin giving their rotation some consistent run support to work with. The answer could be now with consecutive victories with quality production leading the way. The Reds defeated Arizona 5-0 on Saturday with Johnny Cueto finally getting some help and he didn't waste it with five hits allowed over 7.1 scoreless frames. Brandon Phillips paced an eleven hit attack with two hits, two RBI's and a run. The Reds turn to Alfredo Simon to keep the Diamondbacks offense quiet on Sunday. Simon has been a pleasant surprise for Cincinnati with his 6-3 record and 2.90 ERA in ten 2014 outings.
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If the Diamondbacks have any hope of reaching the .500 mark in 2014 then winning series is the only way to accomplish that. Following back to back defeats at the hands of Cincinnati the Snakes are 5-5 over the past ten contests and that's not winning series. Nothing went favorably for the D-Backs Saturday with starter Brandon McCarthy allowing all five runs on nine hits through just 4.1 innings to take the loss. The offense was stymied on six hits and a pair of bases on balls and left the bases loaded in the 8th when Jonathan Broxton recorded a strikeout to retire the side and end the threat. Left hander Wade Miley hopes to control the Cincinnati bats when he toes the rubber in Sunday's contest. Miley has generally been dependable with six quality starts in his last ten appearances.
I don't know what to make out of Simon but aside from a few poor outings he seems lihe the real deal. His ability to pitch well here is the key in my view and I'll back him but I don't have that feeling of overwhelming confidence...