San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds
The San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Monday at AT&T Park for game one of their series. The Giants are -115 favorites over the Reds with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The San Francisco Giants aren’t playing well but with the rest of the NL West not playing much batter the Giants are still very much in the mix. The Giants are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 27-21 at home this season, and they are 5.5 games back in the National League West. As a team the Giants are hitting .264 with Buster Posey hitting .323, Marco Scutaro hitting .309, and Gregor Balnco is hitting .270. The Giants opponents are hitting .248 and the San Francisco pitching staff has an ERA of 4.06 with the starters at 4.53 and the bullpen at 3.19. For game one against the Reds the Giants start Tim Lincecum who threw a no hitter in his last outing. For the season Lincecum has allowed 107 hits and 5 earned runs while striking out 125 over 116.1 innings for a 5-9 record and a 4.26 ERA.
The Cincinnati Reds have the third best record in the National League but unfortunately for them that is only good enough for third place in the NL Central. The Reds are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 23-26 on the road this season, and they are five games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the standings. As a team the Reds are hitting .251 with Joey Voto hitting .317, Shin-Soo Choo hitting .292, and Jay Bruce hitting .269. The Reds opponents are hitting .235 and the Cincinnati pitching staff has an ERA of 3.42 with the starters and relievers both having ERA’s of 3.42. For Monday’s game the Reds start Bronson Arroyo who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Arroyo has allowed 117 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 69 over 123.2 innings for a 8-7 record and a 3.42 ERA.
San Francisco is 6-1 in their last seven games overall, 2-10 in their last 12 games against the NL Central, and 1-6 in Lincecum’s last seven starts. Cincinnati is 5-11 in their last 16 road games, 3-9 in their last 12 games as an underdog, and 2-5 in Arroyo’s last seven starts. Cincinnati is 4-1 in their last five games in San Francisco.
Most pitchers just don’t have it their next game following a no hitter and Lincecum threw a bunch of pitches in his last start and I look for the Reds to get the best of this one.
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