Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 5-14-18 – Pick & Preview

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 5-14-18 – Pick & Preview

Cincinnati Reds (12-27) vs San Francisco Giants (19-20)

Date : 05/14/2018
Time : 10:15 PM
Location : AT&T Park

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants are set to return back to AT&T Park to open a 3 game home series against National League foe in the Cincinnati Reds, first pitch is set for 10:15 PM ET. After this series, these two teams will not meet again until 8/17 when the San Francisco Giants travel to Cincinnati for a 3 game series.

Cincinnati Reds's Latest Performance :

Good Debut For Harvey

The Cincinnati Reds have turned up their play as of recent as they put together a nice little 4 game win streak but perhaps the addition of Matt Harvey is more intriguing to Reds fans as they are unsure what to think of the former Mets starter. Matt Harvey was a first-round pick for the Mets back in 2010 and he showed sign of excellence like his 2013 season where he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA but as of recent Harvey has been a disaster whether it was his 7.00 ERA or his antics with Mets GM Sandy Alderson. Harvey might have needed a change of scenery as the 29-year-old was much better in his debut with the Cincinnati Reds as the starter went 4 shutout innings giving up only 1 run against the defending National League champions on 5/11. Harvey also received solid bullpen support especially from Amir Garrett and Raisel Iglesias who closed out the final 2.1 innings without giving up a single hit. Garrett and Iglesias have been the cream of the crop for the Reds out of the bullpen as the duo has combined for 40 innings and a 1.57 ERA. The Reds offense was able to kick in some support for their new starting pitcher as they were able to score 6 runs on 10 hits. The Reds were led by their 2B Scooter Gennett as the 6th-year veteran went 4 for 5 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. Gennett has been on a tear as of recent as the 28-year-old has hit a HR in 4 straight games to bring his season total to 6 which is good enough to be the team-high.

San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :

Pitching Woes Continue

The San Francisco Giants have not been in good form as of recent as they entered their latest series against the Pittsburgh Pirates losers of 4 straight but their losing streak was only extended to 5 games due to awful starting pitching. The Giants elected to start rookie Andrew Suarez in what was his 4th career start but the former 2nd round pick was destroyed after he gave up 5 earned runs on 7 hits in only 4 innings of work. Suarez has been slightly improved since his 1st start as he entered the month of May with a 6.75 ERA but he has now got it down to a 4.57 which gives Bruce Bochy and staff hope that the youngster can continue getting better. The Giants relievers weren’t much of a help to the cause either as they were slaughtered for another 6 runs. The combination of Cory Gearrin, Jose Valdes, and Tony Watson gave up 6 earned runs on 7 hits in only 2.1 innings of work which propelled the Pirates to an 11-2 win. Tony Watson has been one of the best guys out of the bullpen for the Giants this season as the 32-year-old entered this 5/11 matchup with a .57 ERA in 15 appearances so the Giants hope their southpaw gets back on track moving forward. The bats weren’t much better either especially out of Andrew McCutchen who returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since being traded this past offseason. McCutchen went 1 for 5 to open up the series which is a small sample size for the season of the former MVP as McCutchen only has 3 HRs and is batting .248.

How Cincinnati Reds & San Francisco Giants Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Cincinnati is 12-27, 6-12 on the road.

San Francisco is 19-20, 10-7 at home.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Sal Romano (2-3, 3.83 ERA) for the Cincinnati Reds vs. Chris Stratton (3-3, 4.60 ERA) for the San Francisco Giants.

Romano last started on 5/9 against the Mets where he went 6 innings giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits in a ND.

Stratton last started on 5/9 against the Phillies where he went 4.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 5 hits in a L

San Francisco and Cincinnati both rank in the bottom 10 in runs scored.

San Francisco and Cincinnati both rank in the bottom 15 in team ERA.

Against The Spread Selection: San Francisco Giants

My reason for the pick :

Yes, the Cincinnati Reds have enjoyed a nice little win streak and look slightly better as of recent but looking at the makeup of the two teams has me thinking that the Giants have to turn around their average start to the 2018 season. Stratton has shown flashes of dominance this season as he pitched a 1 hitter at the beginning of the season and even though he has struggled down the stretch he has a perfect opportunity to rebound against a bottom 5 offense. The Giants big-name sluggers like Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen need to turn around their slow start to the season and this is just what the doctor ordered. Giants win.

Betting trends for Cincinnati Reds:

  • Cincinnati is 9-24 as an underdog this season.

  • The under is 21-15 against National League opponents this season.

Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:

  • San Francisco is 8-13 against right-handed pitchers this season.

  • The over is 11-6 at home this season.


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