The Cincinnati Reds (78-52) and Arizona Diamondbacks (64-65) continue a three-game National League series on Tuesday night at Chase Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 ET
Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks
Cincinnati continues to win in different ways as its playing the final series in a stretch of 34 games over 34 days, capturing a 3-2 victory over Arizona on Monday night due to pitcher Bronson Arroyo homering in the sixth inning. The Reds continue to lead the NL Central by six games, with second baseman Brandon Phillips starting to heat up at the plate. He’s hitting .419 over his last eight games. Cincinnati is 8-10 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the “under” going 12-5 in those contests.
Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.47 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 4-3 road loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing two runs and five hits over five innings. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 2.64 ERA in 15 road outings, surrendering just four home runs in 99 frames. In five career starts versus the Diamondbacks, Cueto has compiled a perfect 4-0 record and 1.45 ERA.
Arizona continues to lose close ball games this year, suffering its 20th one-run loss in 30 tries during the 2012 campaign last night. The Diamondbacks are hoping that outfielder Justin Upton is able to provide them some breathing room, hitting .478 with two home runs and seven RBIs over his last six games. The club is 2-3 in this year’s series, but still have the opportunity to win back-to-back season series for the first time since 2001-03. Arizona is 26-26 as a home underdog of +100 to +125 the last two-plus years.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley (14-8, 2.80 ERA) has earned back-to-back wins against the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros, allowing just a single run and 12 hits over 14 frames. The left-hander is 8-4 with a 2.78 ERA in 13 home games (11 starts), issuing just 15 walks and striking out 57 batters in 77.2 innings. Miley earned a 5-3 road win in his only career start against the Reds on July 16.
Sports bettors will likely back the Reds due to their 10-2 record in the last 12 meetings in Arizona.