Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Cincinnati Reds (6/8/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

The Arizona Diamondbacks are four games under .500 at 26-30, fourth in the National League West.  An extreme long shot, Arizona is +90000 to win their second World Series title in franchise history, they won their only championship in 2001 over the New York Yankees in seven games.  They have a 2% chance of making the 2022 postseason.

The Cincinnati Reds finished third in the National League Central last season with a record of 83-79.  David Bell has won over 200 games in three seasons as the Reds manager: leading the club to the playoffs in 2020.  Cincinnati is +100000 to win the 2022 World Series, they last won the title in 1990.  The Reds are currently approximately 16 games under .500, fifth place in the National League Central.  Cincinnati has .1% chance to make the playoffs in 2022. 

Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Cincinnati Reds Betting Odds

The Diamondbacks are 17-42 in their last 59 games vs. a left-handed starter.  Over is 4-0 in Arizona’s last four road games vs. a left-handed starter.  The Diamondbacks are 19-52 in their last 71 during game three of a series.  Arizona is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Cincinnati vs. the Reds.  Cincinnati is 3-12 in their last 15 Wednesday games.  Under is 43-19-5 in the Reds last 67 Wednesday games.  Cincinnati is 15-37 in their last 52 vs. National League West.  Over is 7-3 in the Reds last 10 during game three of a series.  Cincinnati is 1-5 in their last six meetings with the Diamondbacks.

Arizona Diamondbacks Starting Lineup

DH C. Hummel S
LF J. Luplow R
2B K.Marte S
1B C. Walker R
RF J. McCarthy L
CF A. Thomas L
C D. Varsho L
3B J. Rojas L
SS G. Perdomo S

Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Mike Minor (L)

Christian Walker leads the Diamondbacks in home runs (14), runs batted in (26), total bases (88) and slugging percentage (.466) this season.  The first baseman is second on the club in OPS at .763 and has scored 25 runs in 2022. 

Second baseman Ketel Marte has a team leading 19 doubles, three home runs, 18 runs batted in and 79 total bases this season.  The one-time All-Star has a .743 OPS, .416 slugging percentage and scored 25 runs this campaign.  Utilityman Daulton Varsho has hit eight home runs (tied for second on the team), knocked in 22 runs with an OPS of .752.  Additionally, he has 78 total bases, .433 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 this year.

David Peralta has 10 doubles, a triple, eight home runs (tied for second on the club), 24 runs batted in (third on the Diamondbacks) and 76 total bases.   In his ninth season, Peralta has an OPS of .768, .452 slugging percentage and scored 16 runs in 2022.  Pavin Smith has six doubles, seven home runs, 25 runs batted in (second on the team) and 62 total bases.  He’s scored 15 runs with an OPS of .678 and a slugging percentage of .380.

Mike Minor has made one start for the Reds this season, going 0-1 with an ERA of 11.25 in four innings pitched.  The left-hander is 79-79 with ERA of 4.13 in 277 career games (213 starts). 

Cincinnati Reds Starting Lineup

CF N. Senzel R
3B B. Drury R
LF T. Pham R
1B J. Votto L
C T. Stephenson R
SS K. Farmer R
RF A. Almora R
DH A. Aquino R
2B M. Reynolds R

Cincinnati Reds Vs. Merrill Kelly (R)

In 129 games in 2021, Joey Votto smacked 36 homers, drove in 99 runs with a .563 slugging percentage and an OPS of .938.  The long-time Cincinnati star has a lifetime batting average of .299 with 2,051 hits, 335 home runs and 1,082 runs batted in.  This season, he’s struggling hitting .189 with four home runs, 17 runs batted in, 46 total bases and an OPS of .693

Shortstop Kyle Farmer is hitting .265 this season; his sixth year in the majors.  He leads the Reds in runs batted in with 32; additionally, he has 12 doubles, five home runs with a .756 OPS.  Brandon Drury leads Cincinnati in home runs with 10 and totals bases with 85 and OPS at .822 in 2022.  This season he’s also hitting .263 with 34 runs scored, 10 doubles, 28 runs batted in (tied for second on the team) and slugging .497.   

Tommy Pham was signed by the Reds in late March as a free agent has six doubles, six home runs, 21 runs batted in and four stolen bases on the year.  Additionally, he has 64 total bases with a .723 OPS on the in 2022.  Pham is a lifetime .263 hitter with 103 home runs and 321 runs driven in during his nine-year career.

Catcher Tyler Stephenson leads the Reds in hitting with a .306 batting average this campaign.  The 25-year-old backstop has eight doubles, four home runs, 28 runs batted in (tied for second on the club) and an OPS of .820 in 2022.  He additionally has 61 total bases, slugging .455 with an on-base percentage of .365 this season.

Merrill Kelly is 4-3 in 11 games started with an ERA of 3.66 this season.  In 59 innings, he has struck out 49 batters and allowed 24 runs with a 1.390 WHIP in 2022.  Kelly has started two games in his career against the Cincinnati Reds going 1-0 with an ERA of 2.25, eight strikeouts in 12 innings.

Arizona Diamondback Vs. Cincinnati Reds Picks & Prediction

Arizona is averaging 3.87 runs per nine innings, 25th in Major League Baseball.  They have a team batting average of .214, 29th in the league, and their OPS is .670, 23rd in all of MLB.  The Diamondbacks’ pitching staff has allowed 4.68 runs per nine innings, 23rd in the league with opponents’ batting .252 against the team, 25th in MLB.  Over is 11-4-1 in Arizona’s last 16 road games.  The Reds are averaging 4.53 runs per nine innings, 10th overall in MLB.  They have a team batting average of .234, 20th in the league, and their OPS is .677, 20th overall in baseball.  Cincinnati’s pitching staff has allowed 5.54 runs per nine innings, 28th in MLB with opponents’ batting .251 against the club, 24th in the league.  Over is 14-6-1 in the Reds last 21 home games.

In matchup of two of the teams at the bottom of Major League Baseball, I’ll go with Cincinnati to win this game and cover the 1.5 runs spread as the teams combine for over 9.5 runs due to the below-average pitching staffs of both clubs.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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