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2018-05-16
Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants
League : MLB

Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants Prediction & Preview

Cincinnati Reds (14-28) vs. San Francisco Giants (21-21)
Where and when:  AT&T Stadium, San Francisco, California, Wednesday, 3:45 pm EST
The finale of a 3-game set between the visiting Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants will conclude on Wednesday at 3:45 pm EST at AT&T Stadium in San Francisco, California.  The Cincinnati Reds occupy last place within the NL Central division while the Giants are in 3rd place within the NL West.  In game 1, the Giants came away with the 10-7 home victory on 5-14-2018 and have won 3 of their last 4 over the Reds at AT&T Stadium.
The Reds enter this matchup winners of 6 of their last 7 games to where the O/U was 2-5.  For the season, the Cincinnati Reds are averaging 4.10 runs per game (23rd) with a team batting average of .244 (16th), 37 home runs (23rd), along with 20 stolen bases (14th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.71 (25th) with 323 strikeouts (20th), and 13 quality starts (22nd).
The San Francisco Giants enter this matchup losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  For the season, the Giants are averaging 3.93 runs per game (26th) with a team batting average of .252 (11th), 41 homers (22nd) along with 19 stolen bases (16th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.33 (18th) with 313 strikeouts (26th) along with 16 quality starts (17th).

Harvey To Make 6th Start of the Year

Matt Harvey (0-2) will come to the mound in the finale on Wednesday looking to obtain his 1st win of the year.  In his last outing, Harvey pitched 4 innings while allowing 0 runs on 1 hit and 2 strikeouts in a 6-2 road win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on 5-11-2018 which he received the no-decision.  In his last outing versus the Giants, the right-hander, then with the NY Mets, pitched 6 innings while allowing 7 runs on 9 hits, 2 walks, 3 homers, and 2 strikeouts in an 8-5 home loss on 6-10-2015.
Harvey has not had much experience against the Giants lineup, however, Gregor Blanco ((0-7), Andrew McCutchen (429 BA on 7 AB), and Pablo Sandoval (0-3) have had the most experience facing Harvey in the past.

Suarez Looking for Much Better Outing

Andrew Suarez (1-2) will take the hill on Wednesday looking for his 2nd win of the season.  In his last outing, Suarez pitched 4 innings while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, 2 homers, and 5 strikeouts in a 11-2 road loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on 5-1-2018.  This will be the first crack at the Giants lineup for Suarez, however, for the year, he has pitched 21.2 innings while allowing 12 runs on 22 hits, 4 walks, 5 homers, and 23 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.57.
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Despite their game 1 loss to the Giants, the Reds are still on a high from winning 6 of their last 7 games.  The Giants, on the other hand, have struggled recently, but, have won their last 2 games.  For this matchup, I will choose the Reds to come out with the victory on Wednesday simply because they have really played outstanding baseball lately.  Furthermore, despite the Giants playing well against the Reds in recent matchups, I will pick the Reds to continue their winning ways at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday.