In the second of a four-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (18-17) and the San Francisco Giants (18-17) at the Great American Ball Park, Jason Marquis (3-2, 5.66 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (3-2, 3.30 ERA) get the ball. The Reds won the last game 4-3 and Cincinnati leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 15 and will air on CSN-BAY and FSN-OH.
Marquis is 7-5 with a 2.95 ERA against the Giants in his career, but is up against a solid San Francisco offense that's hitting .259 on the year. Todd Frazier (.242, 25 Rs, 12 HRs, 23 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Reds, Bumgarner is 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA. He gets a struggling Cincinnati offense that's batting just .238. Buster Posey (.289, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Cincinnati, a +142 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against San Francisco. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at seven runs. When playing as the underdog, the Reds have an 8-11 record and overall money line at +38. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 43 steals.
On the other side, the Giants have a record of 8-10 when they are favored and are -122 overall with the money line. The Giants average 3.3 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the NL when they travel.
The only other game between the two teams went Cincinnati's way. This game will feature Bumgarner (LHP) on the mound against the Reds, who have a 4-5 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Giants will be the right-hander Marquis. They sport an 11-14 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
The Giants lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Reds are 7-5. The Giants are 9-5 in close games this season.
When the Giants play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Reds are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Giants managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are heading in with a 4-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-10. The Reds have a 5-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 21 this season. Cincinnati ranks fourth with 43 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.91 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.94.
Ranking 20th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.698). Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 15th with an OPS of .707.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 6-12. When the Reds allow one or more homers, they have a 10-14 record.