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Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Diamondbacks (54-40) at Cincinnati Reds (40-54)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)

T Walker (6-4) (3.61) vs. Luis Castillo (1-2) (3.41)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +114 / Arizona Diamondbacks -124 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds meet Thursday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.

The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Diamondbacks have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 17 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 10 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 106 hits and 72 RBI while David Peralta and Chris Owings have combined for 191 hits and 81 RBI. Taijuan Walker gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. This will be Walker’s second career game against the Reds.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds could use another win after losing five of their last six games. The Reds have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 17 games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost 10 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joey Votto leads the Reds with 102 hits and 68 RBI while Adam Duvall and Billy Hamilton have combined for 189 hits and 87 RBI. Luis Castillo gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 3.41 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Castillo’s second career game against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games, 5-2 in Walkers last 7 road starts and 5-2 in Walkers last 7 starts. The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 5-18 in their last 23 vs. National League West and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Diamondbacks are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Cincinnati and the under is 52-25-7 in the last 84 meetings.

Walker has been really solid this season, allowing three or less earned runs in nine of his last 10 starts, and he has an ERA under three on the road. Castillo has also been sharp, allowing a combined six hits and three earned runs in his last 12.2 innings. The issue I have here is that the Arizona Diamondbacks are bound to turn thigns around eventually, and the Reds have won back-to-back games just five times since May 27. I'll back Arizona in this spot, the better team for a cheap price. 

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