Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/5/14
San Francisco Giants (38-21) at Cincinnati Reds (27-30)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Madison Bumgarner (L) (7-3) (2.849) vs. Mike Leake (R) (3-4) (3.039)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +108 / San Francisco Giants -118 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Bay, FS-Ohio
The Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants face off on Thursday afternoon at Great American Ballpark as the close out their series.
The Cincinnati Reds jumped out the lead on Wednesday against the Giants but the were unable to hold on and ended up on the wring side of the scoreboard. Billy Hamilton had three hits, Todd Frazier hit a home run, and Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce were among those getting hits as the Reds scored two runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Tony Cingrani allowed six hits and three runs while striking out seven over 5.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-6 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Reds start Mike Leake who is coming off of a win but has an understated record with several tough no decisions. For the season Leake has allowed 67 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 50 over 77 innings for a 3-4 record and a 2.92 ERA.
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The San Francisco Giants won on Wednesday in Cincinnati doing what they have done all season long, scrapping out a win. Juan Perez had two hits including a home run, Michael Morse hit a home run, and Buster Posey and Hunter Pence had hits as the Giants scored three runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out nine over 6.1 innings to get the win to raise his record to 3-2 and Sergio Romo earned his 17th save. For Wednesday’s game the Giants start Madison Bumgarner who has won his last five decisions. For the season Bumgarner has allowed 73 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 85 over 72.2 innings for a 7-3 record and a 2.85 ERA.
Cincinnati is 4-1 in their last five games, 2-6 against a left-handed starter, and 1-4 in Leake’s last five home starts. San Francisco is 5-1 in their last six games as a favorite, 10-3 in their last 13 games, and 5-1 in Bumgarner’s last six starts. San Francisco is 2-7 in their last nine meetings with Cincinnati.
I see this as a tough game to call because lake has proved he can battle and I expect him to do it here in a close one so while I like the under the best, I also would call it a lean to the Giants.
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