Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds - 4/22/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Cincinnati Reds (9-7) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (7-10)
Game Info: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Jeff Hoffman (2-1) (2.93) vs Taylor Widener (1-0) (1.59)
Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -140 / Arizona Diamondbacks +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Arizona Diamondbacks will visit the Cincinnati Reds in an NL showdown on Thursday afternoon. It will be the finale of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park. The second game was underway with the Reds in the lead at the time of this posting.
The Diamondbacks won the first game 5-4. Zac Gallen got the start and went 5.2 innings, allowing 3 runs with 4 strikeouts. From the dish they had 9 hits and were 2-13 with runners in scoring position. Andrew Young had a game-tying pinch hit home run in the 8th before the winning run was walked in. To start the season, the Diamondbacks have a .220 team batting average and .693 OPS. Eduardo Escobar leads the team with 6 home runs and 11 RBI.
Starting for Arizona on Thursday will be righty Taylor Widener. To start the season, he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 11 strikeouts. In his career against this Reds lineup, he has allowed a .429 batting average with 1 home run in 15 at bats.
Cincinnati lost their third straight game in the finale of Tuesdays game early Wednesday, their longest skid of the season. The pitching staff combined to walk 8 batters, including the game winning run in the 8th. From the plate they had 6 hits and were 2-6 with runners in scoring position. To start the year, the Reds have a .259 team batting average and .792 OPS. Tyler Naquin leads the team with 6 home runs and 16 RBI.
Getting the start for the Reds on Thursday will be righty Jeff Hoffman. To start the year, he is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 12 strikeouts. In his career against this Arizona lineup, he has allowed a .291 average with 6 home runs in 54 at bats.
Arizona is 6-4 in their last ten games, 6-7 on the road this season, and 8-9 as the underdog. The over is 9-9 in their games.
Cincinnati is 3-7 in their last ten games, 7-4 at home this season, and 7-6 as the favorite. The over is 12-5 in their games.
Both teams have been scoring runs at a decent clip, ranking in the top half of the league. The slated starters have had some struggles against these lineups in the past, so we should see some runs early. The total has also gone over in 3 of their first 4 matchups this season. Give me the over.