San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds
The San Francisco Giants look to bounce back from Saturday’s beat down at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds as the two meet for a rematch at AT&T Park. The Giants are -145 favorites over the Reds with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The San Francisco Giants got off to a tough start on Saturday and while they got out of some jams, their luck didn’t last long as it got ugly. Pat Burrell homered and drove in both Giants’ runs, and Cody Ross, Nick Schierholtz, and Aaron Rowand all had hits as the Giants had six hits and two runs total. Tim Lincecum was not his normal self as he allowed seven hits and seven runs and struck out just one over four innings of work to take his fifth loss of the year. For Sunday’s game San Francisco looks to bounce back as they send Jonathan Sanchez to the mound for the start. For the season Sanchez has allowed 55 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 78 over 74.1 innings of work.
The Cincinnati Reds have struggled of late but they didn’t look like they were struggling on Saturday as they blew the Giants and their former Cy Young Award winner out of the building. Joey Votto had three hits and Ryan Hanigan, Paul Janish, and Mike Leake all had two hits as part of a 12 hit 10 run assault. On the mound Leake allowed four hits over eight shutout innings to earn his sixth win of the season as Carlos Fisher allowed two runs to spoil the shutout in the ninth inning. For Sunday Night’s game Cincinnati start Edinson Volquez who got a win last time upon returning from a brief stint in the Minors. For the season Volquez has allowed 54 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 58 over 58 innings of work on the mond,
San Francisco is 7-4 in their last 11 games overall, 14-7 in their last 21 home games, and 7-2 in Sanchez’s last nine home starts. Cincinnati is 4-10 in their last 14 home games, 0-6 in their last four game four of a series, and 0-5 in Volquez’s last five road starts against a team with a winning record.
While Saturday’s game had some runs scored, this series just doesn’t set up for high scoring games and I see this one being fairly low but with Volquez seemingly having one bad inning in every outing, it could cost the Reds the game here. I’m taking the Giants minus the 145 today.
San Francisco Giants -145 Cincinnati Reds