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Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants - 5/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Sunday May 5, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
The Line: San Francisco Giants +149 / Cincinnati Reds -162 -- Over/Under: 8
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The San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds meet Sunday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.

The San Francisco Giants look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Giants have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The San Francisco Giants have lost seven of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Steven Duggar leads the Giants with 32 hits and 16 RBI while Evan Longoria and Buster Posey have combined for 49 hits and 23 RBI. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 3-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds also need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Reds have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Jose Iglesias leads the Reds with 28 hits and seven RBI while Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez have combined for 51 hits and 33 RBI. Luis Castillo gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 1.45 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Castillo’s second career game against the Giants.

The Giants are 5-22 in their last 27 during game 3 of a series, 1-6 in Samardzija's last 7 road starts and 4-1 in Samardzija's last 5 starts. The Reds are 36-74 in their last 110 Sunday games, 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and 4-1 in Castillo's last 5 home starts. The Giants are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Cincinnati and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 11-1 in Castillo's last 12 starts overall. The over is 6-2 in Samardzija's last 8 road starts.

Samardzija is having his best stretch since coming over to the Giants, which may not be saying much, but he actually could be a reliable pitcher again who is worth keeping an eye on. Castillo has allowed two runs in his last 12.2 innings and has allowed no more than two runs in each of his seven starts. Castillo has proven to be a pitcher worth getting behind this season, and it doesn't hurt that the San Francisco Giants still find scoring quite difficult. The Cincinnati Reds should be able to close the deal at home behind the young Dominican. 

Cincinnati Reds -162

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