MLB Picks: Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants
The Cincinnati Reds (40-38) and San Francisco Giants (46-33) will meet up in a National League affair Friday night at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants
Cincinnati has won five of its last six games, including a 3-1 victory over San Francisco as -113 road favorites Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests. Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is batting 475 over the course of a 10-game hitting streak in the Bay Area, while teammate Todd Frazier is hitting .438 during a 13-game regular-season hitting streak in the series. Cincinnati is 10-6 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the UNDER going 10-6 in that situation.
Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (7-5, 1.86 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive wins, including a 4-3 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he allowed three runs (one earned) and seven hits over eight frames. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.20 ERA in seven road games, with opposing hitters batting .188 against him. In four career regular-season starts against the Giants, Cueto has compiled a 2-1 record and 1.93 ERA.
San Francisco has dropped 12 of 16 overall and nine of 11 at this ballpark, which has led to the Los Angeles Dodgers closing the gap to two games in the NL West standings. Giants catcher Buster Posey is the main player for sports handicappers to focus on in this matchup, considering he’s 3 for 4 versus Posey and batting .474 in his last 11 contests overall. He had two of the team’s five hits against the Reds last night. San Francisco is 4-6 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER cashing six times in 10 opportunities.
Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 2.63 ERA) picked up a 4-1 road victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, as he gave up just a single run (zero earned) and two hits over eight innings of work. The left-hander is 3-3 with a 4.57 ERA in seven home outings, with opposing hitters batting .286 against him. In five lifetime games versus the Reds, Bumgarner is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings at this ballpark.