Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks Picks and Predictions May 9th 2024

Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Thu, May 9, 13:10 pm.
Cincinnati Reds
ML: -140
Arizona Diamondbacks
ML: 120

Diamondbacks Eye First Series Sweep of the Season Against Struggling Reds

It’s crunch time this Thursday afternoon as the Arizona Diamondbacks gear up to close out their three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds. Riding high on a three-game winning streak—their best this season—the Diamondbacks are looking to bag their first sweep. Set in the Reds’ backyard, this finale isn’t just another game; it’s loaded with drama, especially following Wednesday’s edge-of-your-seat 4-3 victory.
Recent Triumphs and Tactical Brilliance

Wednesday’s game turned into a real nail-biter. Kevin Ginkel, though a bit wobbly at first while gunning for his sixth save, showed us once again that baseball is anything but predictable. Diamondbacks’ skipper, Torey Lovullo, made a clutch decision pulling Ginkel in favor of Joe Mantiply, who knocked it out of the park by striking out top Reds hitters like Will Benson and Jonathan India. This savvy move didn’t just save the game—it spotlighted the strength and depth of Arizona’s bullpen.

Team Dynamics and Player Spotlight

Kevin Ginkel: Despite facing some recent bumps, Ginkel's knack for sealing games late makes him invaluable. Lovullo's continued confidence in him speaks volumes about his key role in their strategy.
Joe Mantiply: Wednesday’s unsung hero, Mantiply stepped up big time. With regular closer Paul Sewald on the mend, Mantiply’s stellar performance has been crucial.
Slade Cecconi: Pegged as Thursday’s starter, Cecconi (1-2, ERA 4.96) showed promising control in his last face-off with the Reds. This rematch is definitely one to watch.

Challenges Ahead for the Reds

The Reds, on the flip side, are in a rough patch, having chalked up their seventh straight loss—their worst run since June last year. The pressure’s definitely on, with the team’s offense only managing 13 runs over these losses. Reds manager David Bell is staying positive, though. He’s urging his team to keep their eyes on the prize and trust the process, confident that a turnaround is just around the corner.
Pitching Prospects: A Duel to Watch

The mound will see Arizona’s Cecconi take on Cincinnati’s Hunter Greene, who’s currently riding a career-high 14 2/3-inning scoreless streak. With a solid season ERA of 3.12, Greene’s in top form, making this pitcher’s duel a key highlight of the game. His mixed track record against the Diamondbacks adds an extra layer of excitement.


As the Diamondbacks aim to complete their sweep and the Reds fight to stop their slide, Thursday’s matchup is shaping up to be more than just a game—it’s a showdown of determination, strategy, and grit. With crucial players ready to step up, fans are in for a game brimming with tension, tactics, and hopefully, a shot at redemption for one team.

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Cincinnati Reds
O 9
Arizona Diamondbacks
U 9
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