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The Gold Sheet

(957) Cincinnati Reds at (958) Arizona Diamondbacks

Event:
(957) Cincinnati Reds at (958) Arizona Diamondbacks
Sport/League:
MLB
Date/Time:
May 14, 2024 9PM EDT
Play Rating:
2%
Odds:
-112
Play:
2% – Arizona Diamondbacks -112 S Cecconi (RHP) Must Start
Result:
Loss
Analysis

The Reds have done a lot of things to get people excited about baseball in Cincinnati. Hunter Greene is a young flame thrower that generates a lot of strikeouts. Elly De La Cruz is arguably the most-exciting young player in the game. But the Reds simply don't do enough of the "little things" well enough to be taken seriously right now. Cincinnati is in the bottom-third of the league in advanced defensive metrics (Defensive Runs Saved and Outs Above Average). The Reds' bullpen is 18th in ERA, 20th in FIP and 21st in walk rate. The Reds' lineup is bottom-5 in the league in strikeout rate and weighted on-base average. Baseball is a game of fundamentals, and the Reds are behind the curve in a lot of those areas. These teams just met five days ago with this same pitching matchup in Cincinnati. Arizona won that contest 5-4, and the veteran Diamondbacks deserve the benefit of the doubt that they can continue to find success in this matchup against a Reds' team that they have beaten four times since last Tuesday. 

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