Arizona Diamondbacks (64-53) at Cincinnati Reds (51-65)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 11, 2018, 6:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +124 / Arizona Diamondbacks -134 --- Over/Under: 9
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than two runs. David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 126 hits and 58 RBI while Paul Goldschmidt and Ketel Marte have combined for 120 hits and 106 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 4.92 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Ray is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds also need a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Reds have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds have won six of their last nine games when scoring three or more runs. Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with 132 hits and 68 RBI while Jose Peraza and Joey Votto have combined for 242 hits and 92 RBI. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he is 5-7 with a 5.37 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. Harvey is 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 14-6 in Rays last 20 road starts and 0-5 in Rays last 5 starts. The Reds are 13-27 in their last 40 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League West and 1-4 in their last 5 games on grass. The Diamondbacks are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Cincinnati.
Right when it looked like Harvey was turning over a new leaf, he gives up 15 runs in his last 12.2 innings and can't keep the ball in the park. The Diamondbacks have had little success with Ray on the mound recently, but he's been much better on the road than at home, where he has an ERA of 2.57 with an allowed batting average of .195. It's been night and day when Ray pitches at home compared on the road this season. I'll take the Arizona Diamondbacks and the cheap price here, as more of a fade from Harvey than anything else.