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Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants Betting Preview

Saturday features a National League battle of central versus west as the Cincinnati Reds (24-46) take on the San Francisco Giants (38-32). This matchup will take place at Oracle Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm ET.

On Friday, the Reds were able to take down the Giants 4-2. In the win, Graham Ashcraft went eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out eight.

Offensively, the team put together seven hits, including two apiece by Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel. Moustakas added two runs while Senzel had two runs batted in.

For the Giants, Alex Cobb took the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings. He allowed five hits while striking out four.

The most offense for the Giants came from Evan Longoria, who hit his sixth home run of the season. He had two of the six hits for the Giants.

The Giants are overwhelming favorites playing at home Saturday. They are -245 to win while the Reds’ moneyline sits at +205. The runline features Cincinnati +1.5 (-106), and the over/under for total runs sits at 7.5.

Reds Playing For Respectability

At 24-46, the Reds have the worst record in the National League and the second-worst in all of baseball. Trying to maintain some semblance of respectability, they will look to not only win the game but the series as well on Saturday.

Taking the mound for the Reds will be lefty Mike Minor. In four games, Minor is 1-3 with a 6.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and has 17 strikeouts in 20.2 innings of work.

In his last start, he took a loss against the Brewers after giving up four earned runs in six innings of work. In his last three starts, he has given up 11 earned runs in 16.2 innings.

Offensively, the Reds have collectively had limited at bats against the Giants’ Logan Webb. Still, in 11 combined at bats, the Reds’ hitters don’t have a single hit against the righty.

Against right-handed pitchers in general, Brandon Drury has been the most productive Red. In 162 at bats against them, he is hitting .259/.335/.457 with eight home runs and 28 runs batted in.

Giants Looking To Stay Relevant In Division

At 38-32, the San Francisco Giants currently sit in third place in the NL West, 6.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. With postseason aspirations still strong in San Francisco, the Giants will hope to take advantage of a weak Reds team and pick up another win Saturday.

On the bump for the Giants on Saturday will be 25-year-old righty Logan Webb. In 14 games this season, he is 6-2 with a 3.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and has 75 strikeouts in 85.2 innings of work.

Webb took a no-decision in his last start despite giving up just one earned run in seven innings against the Atlanta Braves. He gave up six hits while striking out seven.

In his last three starts combined, he has given up just three earned runs in 19.2 innings of work while striking out 19.

Offensively, Joc Pederson has been a ton for the Giants this year. He is hitting .267/.343/.561 with a team-leading 16 home runs and 38 runs batted in. He also has scored 31 runs and has two stolen bases.

Against Mike Minor, keep an eye on Darin Ruf. In 11 at bats against the southpaw, he is hitting .364 with a home run and five runs batted in. Curt Casali and Wilmer Flores have also taken Minor deep.

Take The Giants To Win And Cover

Despite winning on Friday night, the Reds are extremely outmatched in this one. Mike Minor has been shaky at best through just a handful of starts, while Logan Webb is one of the best young arms in the game.

Expect this one to get a little lopsided, so the best value is taking the Giants not only to win, but to cover the -1.5 runline as well.

Take San Francisco -1.5 (-113).

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