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Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Free Pick - 8/21/13

Arizona Diamondbacks (64-59) at Cincinnati Reds (71-54)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Brandon McCarthy (R) (2-7) (4.840) vs. Mike Leake (R) (10-5) (3.006)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -170 / Arizona Diamondbacks +155 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Arizona, Ohio

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds tangle in Wednesday evening action.

With the Dodgers sitting atop the National League West, the best way for the Diamondbacks to reach the postseason would be the Wild Card. The Snakes are fighting for their playoff life and have taken a few steps forward as winners in six of eight following a 5-2 win at Cincinnati on Tuesday. Both the arms and bats were on the same page with Patrick Corbin allowing both runs on six hits, with ten strike outs in a complete game performance. The offense totaled seven hits and walked once with Martin Prado going solo, while Paul Goldschmidt connected on a grand slam. Brandon McCarthy toes the rubber versus the Reds in his third start since a stint on the dsabled list. McCarthy suffered a 6-2 defeat at Pittsburgh where he gave up four runs on seven hits and a trio of walks in 5.2 frames.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Free Pick - 8/21/13

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Cincinnati is right in the middle of the National League Central race but life is tough with St Louis and Pittsburgh in the same division. Despite Tuesday's defeat Cincinnati has won seven of ten yet still can't afford a losing streak of any length. Some bad luck hit the Reds Tuesday when starter Tony Cingrani strained his back and left after one run allowed in 3.1 frames before Sam LeCure gave up three runs. The pitching wasn't good and the offense was in worse shape on a mere six hits and zero walks. Chris Heisey was the only player to solve Corbin with a two run bomb in the 8th. Cincinnati looks to Mike Leake to handle the Diamondbacks on the mound Wednesday. Leake has been having a great year but did not pitch well versus Milwaukee with nine hits and four runs allowed in five innings in picking up a ND.

I was leaning Cincinnati with Leake but it's big juice which is scaring me off. I also don't know what to expect from McCarthy and I'd rather stay away...

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