Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/29/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (45-60) at Cincinnati Reds (52-52)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Trevor Cahill (R) (0-5) (8.099) vs. Mike Leake (R) (7-9) (3.793)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -130 / Arizona Diamondbacks +120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-AZ, FSN-OH
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds play game two of three on Tuesday night.
The Diamondbacks are 6-4 since the All Star break and 14 games below a .500 record. The Diamondbacks have shown a little bit of fight in the second half so far, but their pitching staff continues to struggle. The D-Backs have an ERA of 4.29, which is 26th in baseball, and they’ve allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. Offensively, Aaron Hill has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Mark Trumbo has four hits in his last two games. Trevor Cahill takes the hill, and he’s 1-7 with a 5.72 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 50.1 innings. Cahill is 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA in two career games against the Reds.
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The Reds have lost nine of their 10 games since the All Star break and have dropped one game below a .500 record. The issue for the Reds continues to be a lack of offense, as they’ve produced three or fewer runs in 10 straight games. Devin Mesoraco has five hits in his last three games and Todd Frazier has six hits in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Reds do what they can and have an ERA of 3.49, which is ninth best in baseball. Starting is Mike Leake, who is 7-9 with a 3.73 ERA and has 106 strikeouts in 140 innings. Leake is 3-0 with a 5.84 ERA in six career starts against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 3-13 in Cahill's last 16 starts as an underdog and 1-6 in Cahill's last 7 starts overall. The Reds are 2-6 in Leake's last 8 home starts and 1-4 in Leake's last 5 starts overall. The Reds are 4-1 in Leake's last 5 starts vs. Diamondbacks.
Do you trust the Reds with the way they've been playing the last week? Yeah. Me neither.