Preview & Picks: Reds vs Diamondbacks 8/24/2023

Preview & Picks: Reds vs Diamondbacks 8/24/2023

August 24, 2023


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The Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks have a huge MLB game scheduled for Thursday. The Reds and Diamondbacks are both fighting for a spot in the National League playoffs, so it’s crucial that they get off to a good start in their four-game series.


The final standings may come down to the final four games of the season between the Reds and Diamondbacks. The Reds are now a half game ahead of the Diamondbacks for the National League’s second wild card slot.


When these teams met at Great American Ball Park earlier this month, the Reds swept all three games. The Diamondbacks were swept by a combined score of 20-11, losing each game by at least three runs.


It should be an exciting game tonight if the D-backs can get their revenge on the Diamondbacks. They have been dominant in front of their home crowd as of late, winning four straight contests. Furthermore, in their last five home games against Cincinnati, they have a 3-1 record.


Merrill Kelly’s ability to maintain his dominant form on the mound is crucial to the Diamondbacks’ playoff hopes. The 34-year-old veteran’s stellar performance this year includes a 10-5 record, a 3.13 ERA, and a career-high 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings.



Kelly’s confidence has been bolstered over the past few months thanks to playing at Chase Field. The veteran right-hander has a 3-1 record and 2.74 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings across his previous eight home starts.


Meanwhile , the Reds’ chances of winning tonight depend on which Brandon Williamson takes the mound.


The previous 2019 second-round pick has been reasonably effective this season, posting a 4-3 record and 4.47 earned run average (ERA) across 17 appearances. However, in his most recent start, he allowed four earned runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays won 4-3.


Williamson’s previous two road starts have both ended in losses for the Reds, with the team being outscored 20-8 over that span. We’ll see if they play with more assurance tonight with him at the helm.


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Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks Game Information


  • Date: 08/24/2023
  • Time: 09:40 PM ET
  • Location: Chase Field.
  • How to Watch Reds vs Diamondbacks: MLB.TV
  • Live Stream: MLB.TV


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