Keyvius Sampson (2-4, 6.94 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (60-82) are in San Francisco to go up against Tim Hudson (7-8, 4.51 ERA) and the Giants (75-68) in a game that could be high scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 14 and will air on FSOH and CSBy.
In his last start, Hudson pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out four in a 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. Buster Posey (.329, 68 Rs, 17 HRs, 85 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and two RBIs. The Reds were unsuccessful to the Pirates 5-4 the last time Sampson pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking three. Joey Votto (.315, 87 Rs, 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
San Francisco is a -154 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Giants have a 42-29 record and overall money line at +84. They have SU record of 5-5 and are unbeaten as the favorite (3-0) over their last 10 games. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.7 strikeouts per home game. San Francisco's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, recording a low 3.08 team ERA at home. The Giants are the best in the NL in hits allowed at home, giving up just 7.9 per game.
Switching gears, the Reds come into this game with a weak win percentage of .356 when playing as the underdog (31-56) and an overall money line of -1,871. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 6-4 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 5-2 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.2 runs per game, above their 4.1 season average. The Reds have racked up 127 steals on the year, making them the most threatening base-running team in the league.
In their previous four games this season, the Giants have a 3-1 record. The Giants will take on a right-hander (Sampson) in this game and have a 56-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Reds will be the right-hander Hudson. They sport a 46-60 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
For the 19th time this season, the Reds registered at least two errors in a game.
The Giants are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Reds have a 1-7 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-45. The Reds have a 10-60 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 119 this season. Cincinnati ranks 11th with 151 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Cincinnati is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.60 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.25.
Ranking 19th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.716). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .736.
The Reds are 27-65 when they allow at least one home run. The Giants perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 34-51 record.