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National League action heads to the desert southwest on Saturday when the Cincinnati Reds visit the Arizona Diamondbacks. The current line on top sportsbooks has Arizona favored at -175, Cincinnati at +155 and the over/under run total on 9.5.

Entering this game, Cincinnati on the season is 37-49 overall and 14-29 on the road. The Reds are 5-5 in their last 10 games played. Arizona on the season is 53-34 overall and 33-13 at home. The Diamondbacks are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Arizona is attempting to shake off a slump as they have just 3 wins in their last 9 games including Friday’s win 6-3 in the first game of this three-game series. Paul Goldschmidt hit home run No. 20 for the season for the Diamondbacks.

Arizona lost on Thursday 5-4 to the Dodgers as Fernando Rodney the D-backs closer could not close out the game with a three-run lead.  Rodney pitched the final out on Friday to register his 22nd save of the season.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto, an All-Star this season at first base, hit home run No. 25 on Friday, which leads the National League and has hit 5 home runs while knocking in 11 runs during his last 11 games.

Reds’ right fielder Scott Schebler hit home run No. 22 and has 7 hits in 17 at bats during his last four games played.

Cincinnati will send Luis Castillo to the mound on Saturday. The Reds right-hander is 0-1 with an ERA of 4.41. Arizona will counter with Taijuna Walker. The D-backs right-hander is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.30.

This will be just the fourth start in the big leagues for Castillo and he has yet to win in his previous three. He has 22 strikeouts in 16 plus innings of work, but has also served up 5 home runs.

Walker has 3 wins and 2 no decisions in his last five starts. The 24-year old has given up one run or less in three of his five starts. Walker has not pitched versus the Reds in his brief career but at home in six starts is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.92.

Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock was 0-for-4 with two Ks on Friday and has just 2 hits in 12 at bats since his return from an injured quadriceps.

Cincinnati is 8-19 in its last 27 games played.

Arizona is 4-0 in its last 4 games played on Saturday.

With this free pick, we like Arizona to win.

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Saturday, July 8th, 2017 2017, Baseball

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