The San Francisco Giants didn’t look too interested in playing baseball last night. They played a lackadaisical game offensively and didn’t do much to help Casey Kelly out in his first ever major league start. Kelly wasn’t the problem, it was the offense that was stagnant and couldn’t hit a ball. So, kudos to Kelly who had an opening start to remember. It’s been a long way for him to get a start in the major leagues and he pitched well in his debut.
At the end of the night, though, the Reds edged the Giants out by a score of 2-1 on a Philip Ervin walk-off. The Giants have an outside chance of making a comeback, but it’s not too realistic just like the Nationals. What they have to do is steal some games like they did against the Dodgers, beat the inferior teams, and hope for the best. They didn’t defeat an inferior team last night, as the Reds pulled out the win.
The Reds have been making a living in the second-half frustrating teams who are striving to reach the postseason. They have the potential to creep up here and there and play a good game. Cincinnati will likely be in for a fight against Bumgarner in this one. Bumgarner has been pitching well, but he alone isn’t enough to save this team. Dereck Rodriguez heading to the DL may have been the final kill shot to their chances. In any case, the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Rockies are in an interesting battle in the NL West. It would be better if the Giants were up there as well in a four-team race, but it should be a good finish. Get our free Giants vs. Reds pick below for Saturday on the diamond.
San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick
Madison Bumgarner (4-4, 2.71 ERA) vs. Matt Harvey (5-7, 5.19 ERA)
Matt Harvey has been using this year to try and show teams that he is capable of pitching. Maybe not as an ace, those days are gone, but perhaps as a back of the rotation kind of guy. A guy like Harvey can still make good money that way. He’s been decent in spots, but a little too inconsistent to be anything more than that.
Harvey enters with an ERA of 5.19 and has been bouncing back and forth recently. He allowed 8 runs to the Pirates four starts ago and then followed it up with 2 runs allowed against the Phillies. However, he returned to give up 5 runs to the Nationals in his next start. That was followed by a bounce back performance, as he allowed 2 runs. So, there hasn’t been much of a rhythm with him.
The Giants’ lineup has handled Harvey easily, with a .348 batting average and 5 long balls in 66 at-bats. Buster Posey is hitting .625 with a homer in 8 at-bats, and Andrew McCutchen is hitting .455 in 11 at-bats against Harvey. The offense is likely going to be backed up by a strong performance from Bumgarner. He’s been looking sharp with an ERA of 1.50 in his previous three starts. Bumgarner hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a start since July 8th against the Cardinals, and he’s allowed more than 2 runs in just one of his last six outings. I think we’ll see a better effort from the Giants on Saturday behind Bumgarner. If the Giants lose to Matt Harvey with Bumgarner on the bump, they might as well head on vacation early.