The Arizona Diamondbacks (65-59) and Cincinnati Reds (71-55) will continue a four-game National League series Wednesday night at the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds
Arizona has won six of its last eight games, including a 5-2 road victory over Cincinnati as +123 road underdogs Tuesday, while pushing up against the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Diamondbacks trail the Reds by five games in the battle for the second NL Wild Card spot, while they sit 7.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division standings. Offensively, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continues to lead the offense, as he has 31 home runs and 100 RBIs on the year. Arizona is 10-12 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season, with the OVER going 10-8-4 in that situation.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (2-7, 4.84 ERA) has dropped his last four outings, including a 6-2 road defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he allowed four runs and seven hits over 5.2 innings of work. The right-hander is 1-4 with a 5.21 ERA in seven road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .312 against him. McCarthy has made just one scoreless relief appearance in his career against the Reds.
Cincinnati had its two-game winning streak snapped last night, while pushing up against the betting total for the second consecutive contest. The Reds are hoping that first baseman Joey Votto can get things going offensively, as he’s gone 2 for 15 with seven strikeouts in his last five games. The club is 16-4 as home favorites of -150 to -175 this season, with the UNDER going 12-7-1 in those 20 opportunities.
Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (10-5, 3.01 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 7-6 road defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, as he allowed four runs and nine hits over five frames. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 11 home appearances, surrendering 12 home runs in 69 combined innings. In four career efforts versus the Diamondbacks, Leake has posted a 1-0 record and 6.12 ERA.
MLB handicappers will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 32-8-7 in the last 47 series meetings in Cincinnati.