Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks 8/24/2023 – As Major League Baseball season 2023 progresses, fans are set for an exciting encounter as Cincinnati Reds (65-61) take on Arizona Diamondbacks (66-61). The National League showdown will commence at Chase Field in Phoenix at 9:40 PM ET and the first pitch is expected around 9:50. The MLB betting lines tonight are updated online for bettors to place their bets. This is going to be an important showdown for both teams.
This matchup between the Reds and Diamondbacks holds special meaning as both teams face off against one another in a four-game series at Chase Field. Their previous meeting in July saw Cincinnati defeat Arizona 3-1 at Great American Ball Park. Both clubs are competing for wild card spots this season and fans should anticipate an exciting battle on the diamond.
Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks 8/24/2023
|When:||Thursday, August 24, 9:40 PM ET|
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 24, 2023
Cincinnati Reds continue to demonstrate their strength as they navigate a bumpy season. On Thursday and Friday they traveled to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium for two doubleheaders against Los Angeles Angels; recently claiming a 4-3 win that broke a two-game losing streak and cemented third spot in NL Central behind Milwaukee Brewers by four games and just half a game behind Chicago Cubs.
The Reds’ recent offensive performance has been modest, with a collective slash line of .236/.312/.385 over the last couple of weeks. In 343 at-bats, they’ve managed 18 extra-base hits and ten home runs. Notable among their hitters, Spencer Steer has gone 10-for-38 with five doubles and a home run, while Elly De La Crus has faced struggles, going 9-for-40 with a single home run and 15 strikeouts in his last ten games.
Brandon Williams to start for Cincinnati
Looking to steer the ship for the Reds is Brandon Williamson, a 25-year-old rookie left-hander. With a 4-3 record and a 4.47 ERA in 2023, Williamson has displayed promise on the mound. Across his previous four starts this month, he’s maintained a 4.43 ERA, a 3.76 FIP, and a .613 opposing OPS in 22.1 innings pitched. His most recent outing against the Toronto Blue Jays saw him concede four earned runs on nine hits and a walk through 5.2 innings.
Williamson’s earlier encounter with the Diamondbacks this season proved fruitful, as he secured a 4-2 victory. Pitching six innings, he surrendered just one earned run on three hits and a walk while striking out five batters. This performance underscores his capability to handle the Diamondbacks’ lineup.
Players to watch: Spencer Steer 1B (GP 121, AB 448, R 57, H 120, 2B 29, 3B 2, HR 18, RBI 67, TB 207, BB 50, SO 101, SB 11, AVG 0.268, OBP 0.35, SLG 0.462, OPS 0.812, WAR 2.1, Jonathan India 2B (GP 103, AB 394, R 68, H 99, 2B 20, 3B 0, HR 14, RBI 52, TB 161, BB 39, SO 91, SB 12, AVG 0.251, OBP 0.336, SLG 0.409, OPS 0.744, WAR 1
On the other side of the diamond, the Arizona Diamondbacks have been on a winning streak, with four consecutive victories under their belt. This momentum carried them to a 66-61 record, as they triumphed over the Texas Rangers in a recent game. Over their last 11 games, the Diamondbacks have gone 9-2, and their performance has propelled them to hold the final Wild Card spot in the National League, closely trailed by the Reds and San Francisco Giants.
The Diamondbacks’ offensive strength has been notable, boasting a .252/.328/.412 slash line over the past two weeks. In 425 at-bats, they’ve managed 23 extra-base hits and 14 home runs. Players like Christian Walker and Tommy Pham have played pivotal roles, combining for 31 hits, eight home runs, and 27 RBI. Alek Thomas has also contributed, going 10-for-31 with a pair of doubles and RBI in his last 12 games.
Players to watch: Christian Walker 1B (GP 123, AB 460, R 68, H 125, 2B 34, 3B 0, HR 28, RBI 84, TB 243, BB 52, SO 102, SB 8, AVG 0.272, OBP 0.347, SLG 0.528, OPS 0.876, WAR 3.6, Ketel Marte 2B (GP 119, AB 458, R 79, H 125, 2B 19, 3B 7, HR 20, RBI 63, TB 218, BB 53, SO 87, SB 6, AVG 0.273, OBP 0.353, SLG 0.476, OPS 0.829, WAR 3.9
Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Numbers
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Cincinnati’s last 18 games.
Cincinnati are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
Cincinnati are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Arizona.
Reds are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Arizona.
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati’s last 10 games against an opponent in the National League.
Cincinnati are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the National League West Division.
Arizona is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
Arizona are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 6 games when playing at home against Cincinnati.
Arizona are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 6 games played on a Thursday.
Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Picks
As the stage is set for this crucial encounter, both teams have formidable pitchers on the mound. Merrill Kelly, a 34-year-old right-hander, stands as the Diamondbacks’ choice. With a 10-5 record and a strong 3.13 ERA this season, Kelly’s prowess will be pivotal for his team’s success. He recently emerged victorious against the San Diego Padres, conceding three earned runs on five hits and four walks through 5.1 innings.
The forthcoming battle holds significant implications for both teams’ playoff aspirations. Given the circumstances, the Diamondbacks enter with a slight advantage due to their day off on Wednesday, contrasting with the Reds’ doubleheader against the Angels. While the Reds’ bullpen has showcased excellence recently, the physical toll of Wednesday’s twin bill could potentially impact their performance. The MLB betting odds are updated online and the odds favor the Diamondbacks to secure a victory.
Score Prediction: Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Cincinnati Reds 4