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Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants - 5/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (13-13) at Cincinnati Reds (10-15)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

J Samardzija (3-1) (3.86) vs. Jon Moscot (0-2) (4.02)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +149 / San Francisco Giants -159 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


On Tuesday evening at Great American Ball Park, we’ve got game two of an early-week set between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.

In Monday’s game one of this series, the Giants took a 9-6 victory, scoring five runs in a big seventh inning. The Reds scored all six of their runs in the third but couldn’t get any more runners across after that.

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants - 5/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Tuesday’s game, the Giants will be turning to right-hander Jeff Samardzija on the mound. For the most part, Samardzija has been solid in 2016, posting a 3.86 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over five starts for a 3-1 record in 32.2 total innings. Back on Wednesday in his last appearance, Samardzija allowed five runs on five hits in 5.2 innings against the Padres.

The Giants are pretty stacked talent-wise at the top side of their order. Angel Pagan leads the way with 29 hits and 17 runs, while Hunter Pence is nipping at his heels with 28 hits, 17 runs, five homers and 22 RBI. Brandon Belt is also playing well these days with 27 hits, 15 runs and 19 RBI.

Over on the Reds’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jon Moscot take the mound. Moscot has been battling a shoulder injury recently, so we may not see him go deep into this one. On the season, Moscot has three starts with an 0-2 record, a 4.02 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 15.2 innings.

Cincinnati hasn’t been putting up monster numbers from their lineup, but there are a few standouts present. Zach Cozart leads the team in hits with 26, and has 14 runs alongside them. Eugenio Suarez is tops in homers with five, and has 15 RBI. Jay Bruce’s BA isn’t winning any beauty contests, but he has produced four homers with 17 RBI for a team-high in that category.

The Giants are just 2-6 in their last eight road games, and 1-5 in their last six against a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. As for the Reds, they’re 2-8 in their last 10 Tuesday games, and 0-4 in Moscot’s last four starts.

I like Samardzija in the pitching matchup here, and Moscot’s injury issues this past week make me a little nervous. This shouldn’t be too tough of a setup for a San Francisco victory.

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San Francisco Giants -159

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