The Reds come into the final series before the All-Star break with a 37-48 record. They’ll face some stiff competition as they take on the Diamondbacks in a three-game series. Arizona has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season. They currently have a 52-34 record, and they trail the first-place Dodgers by just three games.
Last Season and What’s Ahead
The Diamondbacks finished the 2016 season with a 69-93 record. It was their third straight season with a record below .500.
As for the rest of this season, Baseball Prospectus projects Arizona to go 39-37 in their remaining games. FanGraphs has an identical projection.
Notable New Faces
Fare Thee Well
Yasmany Tomas - groin injury (10-day DL)
Nick Ahmed - fractured right hand (10-day DL)
Shelby Miller - out for season (torn UCL)
J.J. Hoover - right shoulder inflammation (10-day DL)
Ruby De La Rosa - right shoulder inflammation (10-day DL)
A.J. Pollock - .296/.337/.451, 2 HR, 26 R, 11 RBI, 11 SB
David Peralta - .311/.360/.472, 8 HR, 48 R, 26 RBI, 5 SB
Paul Goldschmidt - .314/.431/.578, 19 HR, 72 R, 66 RBI, 13 SB
Jake Lamb - .285/.380/.561, 20 HR, 54 R, 67 RBI, 4 SB
Chris Owings - .289/.323/.490, 12 HR, 37 R, 49 RBI, 11 SB
Brandon Drury - .282/.325/.454, 8 HR, 28 R, 39 RBI, 1 SB
Chris Iannetta - .236/.312/.512, 8 HR, 17 R, 23 RBI, 0 SB or Jeff Mathis - .183/.226/.310, 2 HR, 7 R, 8 RBI, 1 SB
Chris Hermann - .179/.275/.373, 7 HR, 17 R, 21 RBI, 1 SB or Daniel Descalo - .244/.347/.427, 6 HR, 24 R, 31 RBI, 1 SB
The Pitchers (for this series)
Zack Greinke (vs. Tim Adleman) - Friday at 9:40 ET
Greinke has bounced back from a disappointing (by his standards) 2016, and he’s looking more like the pitcher the Diamondbacks thought they were signing. He’s 10-4 on the year with a 3.05 ERA. He’s striking out just over 10 batters per nine, which is his highest total since 2011.
Taijuan Walker (vs. Luis Castillo) - Saturday at 10:10 ET
The Diamondbacks acquired Walker in an offseason trade with the Mariners. He’s on pace to have his most successful season to date. Walker is 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA.
Patrick Corbin (vs. Homer Bailey) - Sunday at 4:10 ET
Corbin will enter Sunday’s contest with a 6-8 record and 4.81 ERA. This will be Cincinnati’s best chance to win a game this series, especially if the new and improved Homer Bailey shows up again.
Great Moments in Reds vs. Diamondbacks History
There was that time Will Ferrell played in a Reds/Diamondbacks Spring Training game.
Cincinnati drops the first two games of the series but bounces back to get a win on Sunday.