The Reds are headed to Oracle Park as +100 underdogs, but we doubt if that's a correct line..
The Cincinnati Reds are headed to Oracle Park on Monday, where they will kick off their series against the San Francisco Giants. The Reds stand third in the NL Central, posting a record of 68-63. The Reds defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7 in extra innings on Saturday, Cincinnati scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning from a wild balk from the Diamondbacks. The San Francisco Giants have a record of 66-63, placing them third in the NL West. The Giants have won just 3 of their last 10 games, most recently falling 7-3 against the Braves on Saturday. Sean Manaea allowed three hits and two runs through his three innings on the mound on Saturday, while Wilmer Flores connected on a two-run home run in the third inning.
Andrew Abbott is set to be Cincinnati's starting pitcher in this game, he has a 3.16 ERA to go along with an 8-3 record. The Reds hit the ball at a decent rate this year at nearly 5.0 runs per game. Spencer Steer leads Cincinnati with 18 home runs and 71 RBI thus far. Up-and-coming star Elly de la Cruz now has 70 hits and 22 stolen bases through just 69 games played, a full season of this young stud will be very anticipated.
The Giants will be sending Kyle Harrison to the mound on Monday, this will be his first start of the season. San Francisco has been a subpar team at the plate this year, ranking in the bottom 9 for hits generated and hits allowed. Wilmer Flores has a team-leading 19 home runs thus far, while J.D. Davis has a team-high 58 RBI.
The Reds look to build momentum off a wild win on Saturday night, Andrew Abbott is the right man for the job. The struggling San Francisco Giants are desperate to find some type of rhythm heading into September, Kyle Harrison will need to show out in his first start of the year. Expect a close game but ultimately for the Reds to come out on top.
Pick: Cincinnati Reds ML (+100)
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By Dr. J (Jason) Brozon