In the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (10-15) and the San Francisco Giants (13-13) at the Great American Ball Park, Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 3.86 ERA) and Johnny Cueto (4-1, 2.65 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 2 and will air on CSBA and FSOH.
In his most recent outing, Finnegan pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-3 loss to the Mets. Eugenio Suarez (.266, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. The Giants were victorious the last time Cueto pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 9.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out 11 and walking one in a 1-0 victory over the Padres. Hunter Pence (.293, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Giants, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are San Francisco -155 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
When leading after seven innings, San Francisco is 4-4, while Cincinnati is 5-7.
The Giants managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are heading in with a 4-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 7-4. The Giants have a 10-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 93 this season. San Francisco ranks sixth with 130 runs.
Ranking 29th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 61 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at third with 105.
The Reds are 7-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Giants are 8-8 when they hit at least one homer.