John Lamb (0-1, 7.50 ERA) and Patrick Corbin (3-3, 3.43 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (51-67) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-61) at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds come into this series hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 20 and can be seen on FSOH and FSAZ.
Lamb pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-3 defeat to the Dodgers. Joey Votto (.306, 67 Rs, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Corbin went 6.2 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking three in an 8-4 win over the Braves in his last outing. Paul Goldschmidt (.333, 75 Rs, 22 HRs, 89 RBIs, 19 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Arizona takes on Cincinnati as a -131 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Reds have recorded an overall money line of -1,431 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 24-45. 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 9.3 hits per road game. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 102 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Diamondbacks lead the season series, 2-1. The Reds have a 12-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Corbin takes the mound. Lamb (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
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 21-18, while Cincinnati is 18-25.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Diamondbacks are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Reds have a 17-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 40-16. The Diamondbacks have a 41-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Cincinnati has earned 461 this season. Arizona ranks fourth with 538 runs.
Both Cincinnati and Arizona are tied at eighth in walks with a total of 366 this season.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 43-34. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 40-22 record.