May 14, 2015 at 12:52 PM #55799
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MLB Predictions: Giants vs. Reds Picks
MLB betting action sees the San Francisco Giants taking on the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, May 14th at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides free MLB Handicapping tips all season long.
MLB Baseball Odds
San Francisco Giants (17-17) at Cincinnati Reds (17-17)
Stadium: Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Time/Date: 7:10 PM EST; Thursday, May 14th
MLB Odds: San Francisco Giants +145/ Cincinnati Reds -155
Over/Under: 7.0 runs
Pitching Matchup: Giants RH Tim Lincecum (3-2, 2.00 ERA) vs. Reds RH Johnny Cueto (3-3, 2.98)
The Giants invade Cincinnati as the teams begin a 4 game set inside Great American Ballpark. Both teams bring in a .500 record with identical 17-17 records on the season. Cincinnati rebounded to take the final 2 games against Atlanta while the Giants split a short 2 game series against the Houston Astros. This matchup will feature a pair of two hard throwing right handers as Tim Lincecum and Johnny Cueto square off.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants have struggled to find any consistency as of late, and that held true to form as they routed the Astros in the opener of a 2 game set, only to be outdone 4-3 in the finale. Now, they’ll look to get back on track as they send the hot Tim Lincecum to the mound.
Lincecum has gone 14 straight innings without allowing a run.
Against the Los Angeles Angels, the right hander went 8.0 innings allowing just 3 hits in a 5-0 win.
He then followed up that performance with a 6.0 inning, 3 hit performance as the he blanked the Marlins in a 6-0 decision.
Lincecum has started in 2 away games, both resulting in Giants’ losses. One against the Dodgers and the other against the Padres.
Against the Reds in his career, Lincecum has gone an abysmal 0-4 with a 9.79 ERA.
Looking to stay hot, Giants 2B Matt Duffy looks to extend his hitting streak to 8 games on Thursday.
The Reds put the brakes on a 3 game losing streak as they took the final 2 games against the Braves inside Great American Ballpark. They’ll now look to cancel out that 3 game losing streak with a 3 game winning streak of their own as they try to climb above the break-even mark. Hoping to do just that, right hander Johnny Cueto will take the mound.
Cueto has been the most reliable in the Reds rotation as he’s won 3 of his last 4 starts.
Cueto nearly went a complete game his last outing, but settled for an 8.1 innings start allowing 6 hits and 4 runs in a 10-4 win in Chicago against the White Sox.
His last home start came on 4/21 when he defeated the Brewers going 8.0 innings allowing just 2 runs.
As far as the offense is concerned, expect Todd Frazier to have a big game as he’s hit .392 in his career against he Giants.
MLB Handicapping Trends:
- Giants are 7-1 in their last 8 games following a loss.
- Giants are 7-2 in their last 9 Thursday games.
- Reds are 51-24 in their last 75 games as a favorite of -151 to -200.
- Reds are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win.
Free 4* MLB Pick: San Francisco +145
At the listed price, the Giants have the value here. Lincecum is hot and neither team is really playing that well overall. Grab the Giants at plus money as they take the opener here.
San Francisco 4, Cincinnati 2
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