2019-09-08 12:10:00 EDT
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Sunday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to add to their current five game winning streak and complete the sweep after a 2-0 win in game two on Saturday. Ketel Marte and Christian Walker each had an RBI while Eduardo Escobar went 2 for 4 with a double. Wilmer Flores added a base hit of his own to finish off Arizona’s offense as the D-Backs had just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Alex Young got the win to improve to 7-3 after thiteming eight shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out 12 on the way to the win. Jimmie Sherfy closed things out for his 1st save. Mike Leake will start game three and is 11-10 with a 4.71 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. In his career, Leake is 0-5 with a 4.75 ERA and 32 strikeouts against Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to bounce back and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday. Jose Iglesias, Curt Casali and Alex Blandino each had a base hit to finish off Cincinnati’s offense as the Reds had just three hits in the loss with none of them going for extra bases in the losing effort. The rest of the Reds went 0 for 22 with 12 strikeouts in the defeat. Luis Castillo took the loss, falling to 14-6 on the year after allowing two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out ten over 7.2 innings of work. Anthony DeSclafani will start the finale and is 9-8 with a 4.10 ERA and 147 strikeouts this season. In his career, DeSclafani is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 11-1 in their last 12 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 road games while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record. Cincinnati is 1-6 in DeSclafani’s last 7 starts against a team with a winning record and 3-8 in their last 11 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the NL West.
Cincinnati being favored at home makes some sense as Leake’s had issues against his former team in his career, but the difference between the two for me is that we’re getting plus money with the much hotter team that has playoff hopes right now in Arizona. Cincinnati has the slightly more reliable pitcher on the hill, but the Diamondbacks have more to lose here and I think that Arizona and the plus money is one of the better bets on Sunday’s board.