Anthony DeSclafani (7-8, 3.72 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (51-69) go up against Randall Delgado (4-3, 2.70 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (60-61) in the third of a four-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds lost the last game 6-3, extending a seven-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and will air on FSOH and FSAZ.
In his most recent outing, DeSclafani pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers. Joey Votto (.309, 69 Rs, 23 HRs, 60 RBIs, 7 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful to the Pirates 9-8 the last time Delgado pitched. He went 1.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out one and walking one.
Cincinnati, a -119 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Arizona. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Reds have a 27-21 record and overall money line at -1,631. They have struggled as the favorite over their last 10 games, going 0-1. The Reds rank fifth in the NL in hits at home with 8.9 per game. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 111 steals.
Moving on to the away team, the Diamondbacks come into this game with a win percentage of .479 when playing as the underdog (35-38) and an overall money line of +184. The Diamondbacks are the number one overall scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game so far. Arizona is the top hitting team in the NL with an average of 9.3 hits per contest. Arizona is a terror on the base paths, ranking second in the MLB with 107 stolen bases.
The Diamondbacks are 4-1 against the Reds this season. This game will feature Delgado (RHP) on the mound against the Reds, who have a 39-51 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Diamondbacks will be the right-hander DeSclafani. They sport a 46-44 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cin, O/U - Over
Cincinnati has won 41% (18-26) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Arizona has won 55% (22-18) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Reds have a 6-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-48. The Diamondbacks have a 12-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting 108 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 129.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.26 per game this season. Cincinnati ranks eighth with 8.55 hits.
Ranking 15th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .735.
When the Diamondbacks allow at least one home run, they are 30-50, well-matched with the Reds who are 22-53 when allowing at least one homer.