Arizona Diamondbacks vs Cincinnati Reds MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/9/21

The Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Friday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The Cincinnati Reds look for a win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Reds have scored 30 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in all six games. The Reds have won 14 of their last 15 games when scoring four or more runs. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 10 hits and seven RBI while Jonathan India and Mike Moustakas have combined for 17 hits and 13 RBI. Tyler Mahle gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. This will be Mahle’s second career game against the Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks need a win here to rebound from a rough 2-5 record. The Diamondbacks have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Diamondbacks have lost 10 of their last 11 games when scoring three or less runs. Ketel Marte leads the Diamondbacks with 12 hits and five RBI while Carson Kelly and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 11 hits and four RBI. Taylor Widener gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Widener’s first career game against the Reds.

The Reds are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 8-1 in their last 9 Friday games. The Diamondbacks are 6-1 in their last 7 Friday games and 13-27 in their last 40 overall. The over is 5-1 in Reds last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Diamondbacks last 5 overall. The under is 34-15-2 in the last 51 meetings in Arizona and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

Taylor Widener was great in his season opener, but he’s still a young pitcher with just 26 career innings under his belt, so there needs to be a larger sample size here. We know what we’re getting with Tyler Mahle, a pitcher who can get tagged a bit, but he averages more than a strikeout per inning for his career and allowed just a .198 batting average last season. The Reds lineup is also tearing the cover off the ball right now, and a unit I’m not trying to step in front of. Give me the Reds and the cheap price.

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