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Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants - 5/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (15-13) at Cincinnati Reds (10-17)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)

J Peavy (1-2) (8.61) vs. D Straily (0-1) (3.38)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +125 / San Francisco Giants -135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSBA

Coming up on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park, we’ve got a nice-looking series finale between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.

This will be game three of the early-week set. On Monday, the Giants got the first win with a 9-6 result. In game two Tuesday, San Francisco got another win, scoring twice in the eighth inning on the way to a 3-1 result. Cincinnati managed only three hits in that game.

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants - 5/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Wednesday’s matchup, the Giants will be rolling out right-hander Jake Peavy for the start. It’s been a pretty sketchy year for Peavy so far, as he’s carrying an 8.61 ERA with a 2.00 WHIP over five starts, a 1-2 record and 23 total innings. Back on Friday in his last appearance, Peavy was clobbered for six runs in just over two innings against the Mets.

The San Francisco offense has had its ups and downs this season, but does boast a few noteworthy players. Angel Pagan is doing well on 29 hits and 17 runs, but is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. Hunter Pence has been solid as well on 29 hits, 18 runs, five homers and 23 RBI. Brandon Belt is another hitter of note, with 15 runs, 19 RBI and 28 hits. Belt went 1-for-3 in Tuesday’s game.

As for the Reds, they’ll be starting right-hander Daniel Straily in Wednesday’s matchup. Through three starts and an 0-1 record this year, Straily has tallied a 3.38 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP over 24 innings. On Friday in his most recent start, Straily posted two runs on five hits over six innings against the Pirates.

The Reds offense definitely isn’t championship-caliber, but a few players have made a significant mark in the stat columns so far. Zaci Cozart has provided 26 hits and 14 runs, while Eugenio Suarez has five homers with 15 RBI among his 25 hits. Brandon Phillips is also playing pretty well right now with 22 hits and 11 runs. Suarez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Tuesday, while Phillips posted one hit in four tries.

The Giants are 4-0 in Peavy’s last four starts during game three of a series, but just 1-6 in Peavy’s last seven road starts. Over on the Reds’ side, they’re 2-6 in their last eight Wednesday games, and 1-5 in their last six road games. 

This matchup seems a little tricky, as I have no faith in Peavy or the Reds hitters. Still, I think Cincinnati can gather up enough offense to knock Peavy around and secure the win. Straily should be able to handle the rest.  

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