The Reds (68-64, 37-30 away) travel to take on the Giants (67-63, 36-30 home) in game one of this National League matchup. Andrew Abbott is getting the start for the Reds while Kyle Harrison is starting for the Giants. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants showdown at Oracle Park.
CINCINNATI REDS VS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Francisco Giants -116
This game will be played at Oracle Park at 9:45 ET on Monday, August 28th.
WHY BET THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS:
- The Reds have gone just 2-3 in their last five games.
- In their ten most recent games as the favorite, the Reds have gone just 3-7 straight-up.
- Andrew Abbott has struggled of late, coming in with an ERA of 5.76 over his last four starts.
CINCINNATI REDS LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
For the season, the Reds have put together a record of 68-64 and are 3rd in the NL Central, putting them six games out of first place. Cincinnati’s overall series record sits at 19-17-5. On the road, they have gone 37-30 and 31-34 at home.
Andrew Abbott has been a reliable starter for the Reds this season, boasting an 8-3 record in 15 appearances. His ERA stands at 3.16, while his K/9 is 9.81 and FIP is 4.01. Opposing hitters have had trouble getting on base against him, as evidenced by his .282 OBP.
In his most recent outing against the Angels, Andrew Abbott surrendered three runs on five hits over four innings of work. Although he did not factor into the decision, Abbott’s efforts enabled the Reds to secure a 9-4 win.
For the season, the Reds’ offense is averaging 4.8 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 9th in the league in scoring, with a total of 27 runs. Overall, Cincinnati’s team batting average is .248, putting them 12th in the MLB.
Spencer Steer has been a major contributor to the Reds’ offensive success this season. He currently holds a .270 batting average and has driven in 71 runs, as well as hitting 18 homers. His production at the plate has been essential for Cincinnati’s success in 2023.
WILL THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Giants head into today’s game looking to build on their above .500 record at home (36-30). Their overall record of 67-63 has them placed 3rd in the NL West. Through 42 series, the Giants are 18-22-2.
In Kyle Harrison’s most recent outing, the Giants starter went 3 1/3 innings against the Phillies, surrendering two runs on five hits. Despite his efforts, Harrison was unable to secure a win as the team fell 4-3.
This season, the Giants are 19th in the league at 4.3 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .248 (12th) leading to 4.6 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.3 walks per game compared to 9 strikeouts. San Francisco’s on-base percentage of .314 has them 15th in the MLB.
J.D. Davis has been a major contributor to the Giants’ offense this season, boasting a .246 batting average and driving in 60 runs. The slugger has also hit 15 home runs in 2023.