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Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Diamondbacks (53-39) at Cincinnati Reds (39-53)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Robbie Ray (8-4) (2.97) vs. Sal Romano (1-1) (4.50)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +121 / Arizona Diamondbacks -131 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Arizona, FS-Ohio

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds square off in game one of their three game set on Tuesday.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will be looking for their first win in the second half of the season after being swept by the Braves over the weekend. Arizona lost the finale by a final score of 7-1, pushing their losing streak to five, while also losing eight of their last nine games. Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 3, plating the only D-Backs run in the loss with an RBI single. David Peralta and Jeff Mathis each added base hits of their own as Arizona racked up just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Zack Godley gave up all seven runs, six earned, on eight hits while striking out nine over six innings of work to fall to 3-4 this season. Robbie Ray will start game one and is 8-4 with a 2.97 ERA and 141 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ray is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds will also be looking for their first win post-break after being swept by the Washington Nationals in their four game set, culminating with a 6-1 loss in the series finale on Monday afternoon. Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer accounted for the lone Reds’ run in defeat, while Joey Votto, Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza each put up a base hit as Cincinnati notched just four hits as a team in the loss. Scott Feldman took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits in just a single inning of work to fall to 7-7 this season. Sal Romano will start the series opener and is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. This will be Romano’s first career start against Arizona.

Arizona is 0-6 in their last 6 road games and 5-0 in Ray’s last 5 starts against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-2-2 in their last 12 games overall. Cincinnati is 5-17 in their last 22 games against the NL West and 22-48 in their last 70 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 14-6 in their last 20 games against a team with a winning record. Arizona is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati.

Both of these teams are struggling right now, so I have to give an edge to Arizona. I like Ray way more than I do Romano, as Romano only has two career starts under his belt so far and Ray has given up two runs or less in seven of his last nine starts. Plus I have more faith in Arizona’s offense than I do Cincinnati’s so I’ll lay the reasonable juice with the Diamondbacks here.

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