Reds vs Diamondbacks Prediction MLB Picks Free 7/21

Reds vs Diamondbacks Prediction MLB Picks Free 7/21

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MLB Predictions: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds - Showdown of NL Powerhouses

Introduction

Baseball fans are in for a treat as two offensive powerhouses, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds, go head-to-head in a high-scoring showdown at Great American Ball Park. With both teams boasting impressive hitting lineups, this game promises to be an exhilarating display of offensive prowess. In this in-depth article, we will thoroughly review each team's pitching and hitting capabilities while closely examining their injury updates. 

 

Arizona Diamondbacks - Analyzing the Team

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a force to reckon with during the 2023 MLB season, boasting a 54-43 overall record, including an impressive 28-19 away record. The team's pitching rotation is led by the talented left-hander, Tommy Henry, who holds a 5-2 record with a 3.89 ERA. Henry's ability to command the strike zone and generate ground balls makes him a valuable asset on the mound.

The Diamondbacks' offensive lineup is a formidable force, with Christian Walker leading the way. Walker has been sensational with 20 home runs, 63 RBIs, and a batting average of .263. He is ably supported by the likes of Corbin Carroll and Jake Fraley, who have been consistent contributors in the run-scoring department.

 

Cincinnati Reds - A Force at Home

The Cincinnati Reds have been a dominant force at home, holding a 25-26 record. Their probable pitcher for this game is Ben Lively, a right-hander with a 4-5 record and a 3.72 ERA. Lively's ability to keep hitters guessing and his relatively low number of walks make him a reliable option on the mound.

Offensively, the Reds have been equally impressive, led by the dynamic Jonathan India. India has showcased his power with 14 home runs and his ability to drive in runs, boasting 51 RBIs with a .253 batting average. TJ Friedl has been another key contributor with a .288 batting average and a .359 on-base percentage.

 

Injury Updates - Impact on the Game

Injuries can play a significant role in determining the outcome of any game, and both teams have key players listed on their respective injury reports. The Diamondbacks will be without the services of Merrill Kelly, Josh Rojas, Zach Davies, and Andrew Chafin due to various injury statuses. While their absence could impact the team's overall depth, the Diamondbacks' lineup still remains potent.

The Reds, on the other hand, have Kevin Newman listed on the 10-day IL, while Luke Weaver's status remains day-to-day. Although the injuries may create some uncertainty, the Reds' explosive offense continues to be a force to be reckoned with.

 

Prediction

With two of the top offenses in the National League facing off, the over of 10.5 runs is the best bet for this game. Both the Diamondbacks and the Reds possess powerful lineups capable of hitting the long ball and driving in runs. Their ability to capitalize on pitching mistakes and hit home runs makes for an exciting high-scoring affair.

The starting pitchers, Tommy Henry and Ben Lively, while talented, might face challenges containing these formidable offenses. Both teams boast a solid on-base percentage, providing ample opportunities for runners to score.

Furthermore, the game will be played at Great American Ball Park, a venue known for its hitter-friendly dimensions, which could add more fuel to the offensive fire. The combination of powerful hitting, a favorable ballpark, and potential defensive vulnerabilities due to injuries make the over of 10.5 runs an attractive betting option.

Pick: Over 10.5 runs

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