Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants

Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants

Cincinnati Reds (14-27) vs San Francisco Giants (20-21)

Date : 05/16/2018
Time : 3:45 pm EST
Location : AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants

The finale of a 3-game set between the visiting Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco will resume at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday at 3:45 pm EST.  The Reds currently occupy the last place slot within the NL Central while the San Francisco Giants occupy the 3rd place slot in the NL West division.  This will be the 1st meeting between these two teams this year, however, the Reds have won 4 of their last 6 matchups while losing 3 of the last 4 games at AT&T Park.

Cincinnati Reds 's Latest Performance :

The San Francisco Giants come into this matchup losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  The Giants were recently victims of a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies on 5-10-2018, while also coming out flat and, ultimately, losing in a 3-game road set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on 5-13-2018.  In all, the Giants could certainly use a win in which to gain some confidence moving forward.  A matchup against a rejuvenated Reds team has make for huge problems in accomplishing this.

For the season, the Giants are averaging 3.93 runs per game (26th) with a team batting average of .252 (11th), 41 homers (22nd) along with 19 stolen bases (16th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.33 (18th) with 313 strikeouts (26th) along with 16 quality starts (17th).

Brandon Belt (.286 BA on 133 AB) and Buster Posey (.306 BA on 121 AB) have been the most consistent hitters for the Giants this year.  Joe Panik (.267 BA on 90 AB) and Evan Longoria (.238 BA on 147 AB) have also been solid at the plate for San Francisco.

Johnny Queto (3-0, 32 IP, 3 R, 16 H, 1 HR, 6 BB, 26 SO, 0.84 ERA) and Chris Stratton (3-3, 43 IP, 23 R, 36 H, 4 HR, 20 BB, 40 SO, 4.60 ERA) have been consistent on the mound for the Giants.  On the other hand, Ty Blach (3-4, 49.1 IP, 25 R, 54 H, 3 HR, 16 BB, 25 SO, 4.20 ERA) has also been solid for the Giants in 2018.

San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :

The Reds are winners of their last 6 games to where the O/U was 1-5.  Recently, after losing 2 series in a row against the Brewers as well as to the Marlins on 5-6-2018, the Reds rebounded in the next series by winning a 3-game home set versus the NY Mets on 5-9-2018. The followed this up by sweeping the reeling Los Angeles Dodgers in a 4-game road set on 5-13-2018.  It is great to see the Reds finally finding some consistency and positive momentum for the first time this season, and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.

The Cincinnati Reds are averaging 4.10 runs per game (23rd) with a team batting average of .244 (16th), 37 home runs (23rd), along with 20 stolen bases (14th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.71 (25th) with 323 strikeouts (20th), and 13 quality starts (22nd).

Jesse Winker (.263 BA on 114 AB), Scooter Gennett (.329 BA on 146 AB), Tucker Barnhart (.275 BA on 109 AB), and Joey Votto (.288 BA on 146 AB) have been valuable to the offense this year.  Jose Peraza (.273 BA on 161 AB) has also been a pivotal piece in the offensive puzzle for the Reds.

Homer Bailey (1-5) has pitched 48.1 innings for the Reds while allowing 31 runs on 55 hits, 12 homers, 15 walks, and 29 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.59 while Tyler Mahle (3-4) has pitched 44.1 innings and has allowed 20 runs on 41 hits, 9 homers, 15 walks, and 44 strikeouts along with an ERA of 3.86.  Finally, Luis Castillo (3-4) has pitched 46.1 innings while allowing 32 runs on 51 hits, 10 home runs, 15 walks, and 46 strikeouts with an ERA of 6.02.

How Cincinnati Reds & San Francisco Giants Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Giants are 24-17 ATS while the O/U is 21-20.  On the other hand, the Reds are 22-19 ATS while the O/U is 18-23.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Once again, Wednesday’s matchup will be yet another contest between two teams trending in different directions.  The Reds are continuing to build huge amounts of momentum as a result of their current winning streak while the Giants are losing night in and night out due to their lack of consistent offense.  A potential positive for the Giants, however, is that the Reds have not played well at home all season.  It is for this reason that this contest will be an interesting one to watch.

Against The Spread Selection: Cincinnati Reds

My reason for the pick :

The Reds have indeed struggled at home in 2018, however, the fact remains that they have won their last 3 against the Giants at Great American Ball Park.  Combine this with the fact that the Reds are playing very well lately, I would expect them to take advantage of this struggling Giants team to get the win in the finale of this series.

Betting trends for Cincinnati Reds :

  • Betting Trends for San Francisco Giants

    • The Giants are 1-6 in last 7 road games
    • The Over is 6-4 in Giants last 10 road games
    • The Over is 7-4 in Giants last 11 games

Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:

  • Betting Trends for Cincinnati Reds

    • The Reds are 7-3 in last 10 games
    • The Under is 8-3 in Reds last 11 games


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