Reds vs. Diamondbacks: Pitching preview, prediction, and more

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 15: Wilmer Flores #41 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is tagged out while sliding into third base by Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds a. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 15: Wilmer Flores #41 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is tagged out while sliding into third base by Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds a. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after his solo home run.
CINCINNATI, OH – APRIL 5: Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after his solo home run. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

The Reds are rolling.

Entering play Thursday, the Cincinnati Reds offense has completely dwarfed the MLB competition. The Redlegs currently lead the majors in runs scored, home runs, slugging, and OPS. Additionally, the Reds hot offensive start is not limited to just one person.

Before play began Thursday afternoon, rookie second baseman Jonathan India led the National League with a .476 batting average. Right fielder Nick Castellanos is setting the pace in slugging, OPS, total bases, and extra-base hits. He also shares the lead in the senior circuit in runs scored with fellow teammate Nick Senzel.

But wait, there’s more. Outfielder Tyler Naquin leads the National League with 13 RBIs and is tied with the aforementioned Castellanos for the league lead with four homers. Through six games, the Reds currently have two players, India and Naquin, with 10 or more RBIs, while three regulars, India, Castellanos, and third baseman Mike Moustakas, are hitting north of the .400 mark.

However, it’s not all about hitting with the Redlegs. Cincinnati hurlers are well above the league average in ERA, walks issued, strikeouts, and WHIP. Overall it’s been a dominant performance from both an offensive and pitching standpoint.

Prediction

The Reds are the hottest team in baseball, and the Diamondbacks are simply not. From top to bottom, the Redlegs hold almost every advantage over D-backs, and this should be another series where they display their superiority.

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Look for the Reds to take two of three this weekend from Diamondbacks as they set their sights on a winning road trip as they prepare to head north and visit the Bay Area to battle the San Francisco Giants.