David Holmberg (1-2, 5.95 ERA) and Rubby De La Rosa (10-5, 4.40 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (51-68) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (59-61) at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds lost the last game 5-4, continuing a six-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on FSOH and FSAZ.
Holmberg pitched 2.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering seven runs and walking four in an 8-3 defeat to the Dodgers. Joey Votto (.306, 67 Rs, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. De La Rosa went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking four in a 2-1 defeat to the Braves in his most recent start.
Arizona takes on Cincinnati as a -121 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Reds have recorded an overall money line of -1,531 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 24-46. Cincinnati has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Reds are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits at home with an impressive 8.9 per game. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping 111 bases.
In games where it is the favorite, Arizona has a 23-23 record and an overall money line of +84. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Diamondbacks are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the NL with 9.2 hits per road game. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 103 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Diamondbacks lead the season series, 3-1. The Reds have a 39-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when De La Rosa takes the mound. Holmberg (LHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 12-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Ari, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Diamondbacks won by a margin of one run. The Reds are 17-25 in one-run games. The Diamondbacks have an 18-20 record in close games.
The Reds are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have an 18-32 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-47. The Diamondbacks have a 12-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Arizona has hit 106 this season. Cincinnati ranks ninth with 128 home runs.
Ranking eighth, Cincinnati is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.54 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at second with 9.23.
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 .733.
The Diamondbacks are 29-50 when they allow at least one home run. The Reds perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 22-52 record.