MLB Picks: San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds

The San Francisco Giants (39-43) and Cincinnati Reds (47-36) will continue a four-game National League series Tuesday night at the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET

San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds 

The San Francisco Giants are 7-19 in their last 26 games as road underdogs
The San Francisco Giants are 7-19 in their last 26 games as road underdogs

San Francisco is 1-6 during its current 10-game road trip, which includes an 8-1 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds as +136 underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in five contests.  The Giants are now just a half-game away from occupying last place in the NL West division.  Catcher Buster Posey entered the series with 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats, but went 0-for-3 in the opener.  San Francisco is 7-19 in its last 26 games as a road underdog.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (4-8, 4.64 ERA) has watched the club drop his last four outings, as he suffered a 4-2 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, allowing four runs and 10 hits over 5.1 frames.  The right-hander is 1-5 with a 5.23 ERA in eight road outings, with opposing hitters batting .316 against him.  In three career games versus the Reds, Lincecum has tallied a 0-1 record and 7.41 ERA.

Cincinnati has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, but the club is focused on putting together a strong record heading into the All-Star break.  “Let’s see how many we can win before then,” stated Reds manager Dusty Baker.  The Reds are five games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central, as they look to take advantage of playing in front of their home fans.  Cincinnati is 3-7 in its last 10 games versus NL West opponents, with the OVER going 9-4 in the last 13 opportunities in that situation.

Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (4-6, 3.88 ERA) hasn’t earned a victory since June 10, as he comes off a 5-0 road defeat to the Oakland Athletics, allowing four runs and six hits over six innings of work.  The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in eight home games, surrendering two home runs in 51 combined frames.  In five career starts versus the Giants, Bailey has compiled a 1-0 record and 5.59 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings.

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