MLB Baseball Betting: Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants

MLB Baseball Betting:  Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants

The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants conclude a three game series on Wednesday afternoon. One team is red hot, one team is struggling–and it’s not how you’d think. The Cincinnati Reds have taken advantage of a schedule full of bottom feeders to win 7 of 10 (pending Tuesday’s results) while the Giants are reeling having lost 8 of 9. The Dodgers have cut the Giants’ lead atop the NL West to a mere 2.5 games. The Reds are still trying to climb out of the huge hole they dug at the start of the year and still trail the fourth place Milwaukee Brewers by 4 games.

Right hander Daniel Straily gets the start for the Reds today and he’s looked very good in his most recent outings. For the year, the Reds have won 10 of his 18 starts and 3 of 8 on the road. He’s got a 4.08 ERA overall and a 1.217 WHIP. On the road, he’s got a 4.94 ERA an a 1.268 WHIP. Cincinnati has won 2 of his last three starts and he’s put up a solid 2.37 ERA and a 1.053 WHIP. In his past two games he’s gone 13 innings allowing just 8 hits and 2 earned runs–though that did come at home against two of the worst teams in baseball (Arizona and Milwaukee).

The Giants need a win and they’ve struggled so badly lately that they haven’t been able to count on Madison Bumgarner to stop the bleeding. Actually, Bumgarner has pitched fairly well even during the San Francisco downturn but hasn’t received much support from his teammates. For the season, the Giants have won 13 of Bumgarner’s 21 starts including 7 of 11 at home. Overall, he’s got a 2.21 ERA with a 1.002 WHIP and he’s been even better in NorCal with a 1.76 ERA and an 0.848 WHIP. In his last three, he’s put up a 2.45 ERA and 0.909 WHIP but the Giants managed to lose two of those three games.

7 of the last 8 Giants’ losses have been on the road but they’ve made money at home this season with a record of 29-18 +4.8 units. The Reds have lost on the road (15-23 -8.6 units) and a bigger concern is their struggles against left handers. They’re 7-15 -6.6 units on the year averaging just 3.6 runs per game. San Francisco needs a win and Bumgarner should deliver one.