The San Francisco Giants (9-7) and Cincinnati Reds (7-9) will begin a three-game National League series on Tuesday night inside the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET
San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco jumped out on the New York Mets early in sweeping both games of a doubleheader inside Citi Field on Monday, as the club has now won four straight series and eight of its past 11 games. “It’s not easy to win a doubleheader, and guys played well,” stated Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval continues to be one of the catalysts offensively, starting the season on a 16-game hit streak, which has tied a franchise-record. San Francisco is 2-4 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season.
Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (1-0, 1.87 ERA) has been absolutely electrifying over his last two outings, allowing just three hits and not allowing a run in 18 combined innings. The right-hander was roughed up a bit in his only road start to open up the season, giving up five runs and six hits in a no-decision effort against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cain will be making his ninth career start versus the Reds, coming in with a winning 4-3 mark and 3.07 ERA, which includes a 2-1 mark and 3.25 ERA in four outings at the Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati received an off day after completing a 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record, which included a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon. “That’s what you call an ugly win,” stated Reds manager Dusty Baker. It certainly was just that, with the club committing three errors and leaving 13 men on base. The Reds are 3-3 at home this season and won five of seven games in this series a year ago, including all three inside tonight’s venue. Cincinnati is 0-6 in night games this year.
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (0-2, 8.22 ERA) has gotten off to a terrible start for his new club, as the club has been outscored by a 22-6 combined margin in three outings. The right-hander has made just one home start, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4.2 innings, dropping an 8-3 decision to the Miami Marlins on April 7. In nine career games versus the Giants, Latos has compiled a 2-3 record and 2.64 ERA, serving up just four home runs in 58 frames.
Bettors will likely back the Reds due to their 11-5 record after a road trip of seven or more days, while the Giants are 1-6 in Cain’s last seven starts as a road favorite.