The two most surprising teams in the National League will face-off on Friday night when the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds kick-off a three-game series.
Heading into this weekend's series, the Diamondbacks hold the top wild card spot while the Reds are sitting one game out. A series win would be pivotal for either team.
So, how should we handle the opener from a betting perspective? Let's jump into it.
Diamondbacks vs. Reds odds, run line, and total
Diamondbacks vs. Reds prediction and pick
It's a high total of 10.5 for the series opener, but that's not going to scare me away from taking the OVER. Let's rely on the thing that led these two teams to be in the position they're in; offense.
They're both in the top 10 in MLB in OPS this season, with the Diamondbacks ranking eighth and the Reds coming in at 10th. But what's even more important is both offenses will get to flex their strength when it comes to the opposing pitchers.
The Diamondbacks will be rolling with Tommy Henry, who is a lefty. That's good news for the Reds whose OPS improves from .740 against righties to .760 against lefties this season. They're also sporting an OPS of .772 against lefties over the past 30 days.
Meanwhile, Ben Lively, a righty, is getting the start for the Reds. The DBacks OPS goes from .725 against lefties in 2023 to .766 against righties.
It's also worth noting Arizona's bullpen has been struggling lately, racking up an ERA of 4.78 over the past 30 days.
Let's sit back and root for runs in this National League showdown.
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