The upcoming MLB showdown on May 9, 2024, features the Arizona Diamondbacks squaring off against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM. Forecasted light rain could add an element of unpredictability to the game.

Arizona’s Slade Cecconi, with a current ERA of 4.959, will take the mound for the Diamondbacks. His counterpart, Hunter Greene of the Reds, enters the game with a stronger ERA of 3.124. As the Diamondbacks struggle in the NL West with a 13-17 record, ranking them 12th, and a divisional record of 7-5, their recent performance shows a challenge to stabilize, having won just four of their last ten games. In contrast, the Reds are performing moderately better in the NL Central, positioned 6th with a 16-13 record and coming off a recent win.

In terms of betting odds, the game presents intriguing options. The Reds are favored with a point spread of -1.5 and a money line of -125, reflecting their slightly stronger season performance and home field advantage. The over/under for the game is set at 9.0, tempting those who anticipate a high scoring clash given both teams’ ability to score and concede runs in bulk. For those looking at an underdog bet, the Diamondbacks sit at +105 on the money line, a potentially lucrative bet if they can overcome odds and recent form.