The Reds are seeking its first win of the series against an opponent that is dominating the NL Central division.
San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco was paced by SP Matt Cain’s second shutout of the year, picking up a 3-0 road victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants are now a dominating 24-8 against NL Central and East divisions, including a 14-3 mark against the Central, which is the highest winning percentage among all teams (.823). The team’s offense has turned things around recently, averaging 4.7 runs per game over their last nine contests. 2B Juan Uribe has led the charge, homering in Tuesday’s victory and picking up four RBIs on Monday. Uribe has a team-best 38 RBIs and has received high praise from manager Bruce Bochy saying, “This guy, you hate to think of where we would be without him.” The bullpen has also pitched extremely well during the current road trip, combining to allow just two earned runs in 14 innings. San Francisco is enjoying a 6-2 start in the month of June (+400).
Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez has gone 4-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 11 starts this season (+20) and currently ranks second in the National League with a .183 opponents batting average. He has been brilliant in his last three starts, allowing just three earned runs in 18.1 innings of work (1.47 ERA). The left-hander will be making his third career start against the Reds and his first since April 25, 2008. In those starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA and holding the Cincinnati batters to a .152 batting average. The Giants’ offense has provided him with 18 runs of support in his last two games, after managing just 28 in his first nine (3.1 rpg).
Cincinnati still holds a share of first place in the NL Central despite dropping the first two games of this series. After picking up an 8-2 series record in their previous 10 home series, the team can only hope for a split in its current series. The Reds have spent 18 of the last 23 days in first place or tied for first. The team left 15 runners on base last night, but still lead the Major League’s in hitting with runners in scoring position (.296). The offense managed to reach third base just once all night, as they were beaten by a complete game for the first time this season. “When he’s on, he’s as tough as it gets,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Cain. The Reds have posted a 2-1 record this season after getting shutout (+100).
Reds SP Aaron Harang makes his team-high 13th start of the season (-400), which includes five quality outings. His last outing happened to be his shortest start of the season, receiving a no decision in a 4-2 loss. The right-hander lasted just four innings and allowed eight hits and two runs in the process. After going 0-3 with a 8.31 ERA in his first four starts, Harang has gone 4-2 with a 4.13 ERA in his last eight starts, including 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA in his three most recent outings. He is 4-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 12 career starts against the Giants (-290), striking out 68 batters in 77 innings of work. Harang has posted an even 3-3 mark and 4.74 ERA in seven home starts this season (-100), with the Reds winning his last two with the offense scoring a combined 19 runs.
Bettors may look to play the total in tonight’s matchup, with the Reds going 10-5 O/U at home when the total is 8 to 8.5. The Giants have posted six shutouts this season, as the total is 3-2 O/U in the following those performances.