In the first of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (52-54) and the Cincinnati Reds (48-58) at Chase Field, Robbie Ray (3-6, 3.01 ERA) and Raisel Iglesias (2-3, 5.13 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 6:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 7 and will air on FSOH and FSAZ.
In his last start, Ray pitched 5.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-1 loss to the Astros. Paul Goldschmidt (.339, 68 Rs, 22 HRs, 78 RBIs, 19 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one RBI, and two stolen bases. The Reds were victorious over the Pirates 4-3 the last time Iglesias pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two. Joey Votto (.308, 59 Rs, 19 HRs, 51 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Diamondbacks have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking second in all of baseball with 94 steals.
The Reds have racked up 102 steals on the year, making them the most threatening base-running team in the league. Cincinnati’s pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.9 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.4.
This game will feature Iglesias (RHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 40-39 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Reds will be the right-hander Ray. They sport a 36-45 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner – Cin
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 18-15, while Cincinnati is 17-23.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Reds are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Diamondbacks have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 37-16. The Diamondbacks have a 35-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Cincinnati sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 419 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 472.
Arizona and Cincinnati both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Arizona sits at ninth with 327 this season and Cincinnati ranks eighth with 328.
The Diamondbacks are 35-21 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Reds are 40-28 when they hit at least one homer.