Reds vs. Diamondbacks prediction and odds for Saturday, Aug. 26

The Reds have dropped the first two of this key series, but have the edge on Saturday

Aug 25, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds third baseman Elly De La Cruz (44) bats against
Aug 25, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds third baseman Elly De La Cruz (44) bats against / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The Reds have lost two close calls against the Diamondbacks in a pivotal NL wild card series, can the team get back on track before the series is over?

Cincinnati is desperate for a win to get back in good standing in the wild card race, and can eat away at the Diamondbacks newfound lead against the Reds. Fernando Cruz will hope to give the Reds a strong start while the D-Backs counter with Zach Davies.

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Reds vs. Diamondbacks odds, run line and total

Reds vs. Diamondbacks prediction and pick

Cruz is going to operate as an opener for the Reds in hopes of getting the team off to a strong start. The offesne should provide ample run support against Davies, who has struggled all season long amidst injuries and ineffective play.

Davies is coming off the injured list, making his first start since July 18th. It's been a dismal season for the veteran, who has an ERA of 7.38 in 12 starts. This is a Reds lineup that brings a ton of young power, and considering Davies has struggled to generate swings and misses, I believe Cincinnati can give the bullpen necessary cushion to grab a win. Davies has allowed more than 10 hits per nine innings and is walking more than four batters per nine innings.

Even at home, I can't trust Davies to hold off this Cincinnati offense that is above the big league average in OPS. I'll take the road underdog.

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