Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds 5/8/24

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds 5/8/24 MLB Latest Analysis, Picks and Previews

Arizona Diamondbacks (14-20) vs. Cincinnati Reds (16-17)


Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds 5/8/24 – As the MLB season continues to unfold, the Arizona Diamondbacks prepare to face off against the Cincinnati Reds in a midweek clash at Great American Ball Park. With the Diamondbacks holding a 14-20 record and the Reds slightly better at 16-17, both teams are looking to turn around their modest starts to the season. Scheduled for May 8, 2024, at 6:40 PM ET and broadcasted on FS1, this game is crucial for both teams to regain momentum. Fans and bettors alike are keen on discovering valuable MLB tips and picks as this matchup unfolds.


The year is proving to be incredibly difficult for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as their recent form of 1-4 in the last 5 games is just a microcosm of the situation that they currently find themselves in. Their team batting average is .245, 164 runs, 282 hits, and 30 Home runs have been added to the batting stats since the beginning of the season. OBA is .322, SG is .381, but the pitching staff can’t keep it under 4.43 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. This squad has to effect a change in the consistency, particularly on the road where their record is a bit shaky.


In regard to this, the Cincinnati Reds with a batting average of .213 shows difficulties and a team ERA of 3.79 with a WHIP of 1.25 is brighter on the mound. They have scored 151 runs and hit the ball home 32 times. The lowly hitters of their team elicits concern, but their pitchers have a decent control that they hope will propel the team rise above the .500 mark. As for the Reds, they likewise hold a 1-4 record in their recent 5 outings, an indication of fragilities that they need to deal with.


Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds 5/8/24 Game Info


When: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6:40 PM ET
Where: Great American Ball Park
Stream: MLB.TV


Jordan Montgomery (1-2, 5.63 ERA) vs. Graham Ashcraft (3-1, 3.63 ERA)


Jordan Montgomery, our ace for Diamondbacks, is struggling so far this season, with his record being 1-2, accompanied by a 5.63 and 1.31 respectively, in terms of ERA and WHIP after only 16 innings pitched. It has been called into question his powerlessness to allow hits and home runs which are represented by the fact that he gave up 17 hits and 3 home runs. The way Montgomery is playing his current clear signs of something serious – especially when it comes to facing batters and keeping the rate of the game at the lowest level.


On the other hand, Graham Ashcraft for the Reds does not fit into the happy picture he painted for himself with a 3-1 record, and a 3.63 ERA only, which is higher than his adversary and results in a slightly worse WHIP of 1.27 after 34.2 innings. Ashcraft has shown tenacity and command through 30 strikeouts to 9 thrown walk. The fact that he is able to constrain the home run feats of the opposing team and keep cool under pressure could be two main factors that would lean the game to favor Cincinnati.


MLB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD


As the betting odds remain undefined, the focus shifts towards analyzing current form and historical performance to speculate effectively. Both teams have shown fluctuating trends, but the odds might slightly favor the Reds at home considering their pitching advantage.


Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends


Diamondbacks have not fared much better against the spread, more precisely on the road where their record stands at 7-9. The last games had the totals go OVER, with that they may imply that the games are high-scoring because of their defensive issues.


Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends


The Reds are good against the spread on the road more than at home and that points to some home-ground effects in their results in Great American Ball Park. Remarkably, the overall OVERs in the last home games results also imply that more than the Diamondbacks, pitching might determine the pace of the game.


Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds 5/8/24 Betting Picks


Considering the current dynamics and recent form of both teams, this matchup appears balanced with a slight edge to the Reds due to their superior pitching stats. The Diamondbacks will need to step up their game, particularly in pitching, to counter the Reds’ strengths.


For today’s premium picks, betting on the Reds might be the safer option given their performance and home advantage. Prop bets could include total runs and strikeouts, with the potential for a high-scoring game making the OVER on total runs an appealing choice.


Free Pick and Prediction: Cincinnati Reds 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 3.


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