Chase Anderson (4-4, 4.37 ERA) and Raisel Iglesias (2-3, 5.13 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (52-54) and the Cincinnati Reds (48-58) at Chase Field. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 7 and can be seen on FSOH and FSAZ.
Paul Goldschmidt (.339, 68 Rs, 22 HRs, 78 RBIs, 19 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one RBI, and two stolen bases. Iglesias went 6.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-3 win over the Pirates in his last outing. Joey Votto (.308, 59 Rs, 19 HRs, 51 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
The odds for Arizona and Cincinnati are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Diamondbacks have no trouble scoring as they rank second in the NL in offense with 4.5 runs per game. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 94 bases.
The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 102 stolen bases. The Reds allow 4.4 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.9 runs per game during that span.
The Diamondbacks have a 40-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Iglesias takes the mound. Ray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Reds, who have a 36-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cin
Arizona earned its seventh shutout of the season in its last game. Cincinnati has been shut out eight times this season.
Having scored zero runs 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 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-38. The Diamondbacks have a 12-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting 95 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 114.
Ranking sixth, Cincinnati is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.68 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.16.
Ranking 12th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.717). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .730.
The Reds are 20-44 when they allow at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 26-45 record.