Diamondbacks vs. Reds Prediction and Odds for Wednesday, June 8 (Don't Trust Mike Minor Coming off Awful Debut)

Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds
Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds / Dylan Buell/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds almost turned their season after winning around after winning but after going 14-13 in May. For a team that started the year 3-22 that is a huge improvement. However, after a rough four-game series against the Nationals, I’m not so sure they are still trending upward.

The Nats are 2-4 in June due to their pitching staff being composed of a whole lot of garbage. Before Hunter Greene’s dominant start against Arizona last night, the Reds had allowed 23 runs to cross the plate in their previous three games. But Greene can’t start every night and the Reds will be forced to look to send a real question mark to the mound this afternoon. 

Here are the odds for this game, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook

Diamondbacks vs. Reds Odds, Run Line, and Total

Run Line

  • Diamondbacks: +1.5 (-195)
  • Reds: -1.5 (+155)


  • Diamondbacks: +100
  • Reds: -120


  • Total 8.5 (Over -115/Under -105)

Diamondbacks vs. Reds Prediction and Pick

The best thing I can say about the Diamondbacks right now is they have a solid edge in the pitching matchup for this game. Merrill Kelly doesn’t exactly scream consistency, but he’s a lot better than what the opposition has to offer today. Through the first month of the season, Kelly looked like a stud with a 1.27 ERA in 28 ⅓ innings. But things went off the rails in May when he posted a 6.31 ERA. But his ERA last month was inflated after a crushing start against the Dodgers that saw him give up right runs in two innings. Take that game out of the equation and Kelly hasn’t given up more than three runs in a start all year. 

The Reds, meanwhile, are desperate for Mike Minor to shake off his awful season debut last week. Minor gave up five earned runs in four innings against a bad Washington Nationals team. It went about as bad as a season debut can go and saw Minor give up three home runs to one of the worst power-hitting teams in the league. Washington ranked 28th in home runs at the time and that start accounted for 8.75 percent of all home runs hit by the Nationals up until that point. 

I see no reason to expect Minor will rebound so quickly despite Arizona’s obvious issues on offense. 

Pick: Diamondbacks +100 ML

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