San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds – MLB May 17

Giants (24-16, 10-12 road) at Reds (19-19, 10-7 home)

  • Time: 3:40 PST, 5:40 CST, 6:40 EST
  • Place: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio, NBC Sports Bay Area , MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch:

The Giants and Reds open a four-game set in Cincinnati after the Giants saved a split of a four-game series with a win over the Pirates on Sunday. The Reds took two from Colorado after a 7-6 victory yesterday,

  • The Giants still lead the NL West by 0.5 games over the second place Padres and 2.0 games over the Dodgers.
  • Cincinnati is back in the thick on the NL Central race as the Reds are 2.5 games back of St. Louis as the check in at 6-4 over their last 10 games.

San Francisco took two of three games from the Reds from April 12-14 as Johnny Cueto took the win in a 3-0 shut out of the Reds on April 14.

Trends:

Giants (25-15, ATS):

  • The Giants are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 5 of the last 7 San Francisco games
  • The OVER has been the call in 6 of the Giants’ last 9 outings

Reds (14-24, ATS):

  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of the Reds’ next 17 games at home
  • The Reds are 5-10 SU in their last 15 games vs. the NL West

Last Time Out:

Giants pitcher Alex Wood went six innings to improve his record to 5-0 as San Francisco downed Pittsburgh, 4-1, to gain a split of a four-game series in the Steel City. Wood gave up one run on eight hits and struck out six as he became the first Giants pitcher since Barry Zito in 2010 to start the season at 5-0. Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run homer in the ninth to give the Giants a 4-1 lead and a cushion.

The Colorado Rockies handed the Cincinnati Reds a 7-6 win on Sunday as Colorado catcher Dom Nunez’s passed ball brought home the tying run and then Jordan Sheffield’s wild pitch gave Cincy the go-ahead run. A win is a win as Cincinnati split a four-game series with the Rockies after losing the first two games. The Reds trailed Colorado, 6-1, after seven innings but put themselves in position with a four-run eighth which saw a 2-run single from Tyler Naquin, a sacrifice fly by Eugenio Suarez and an RBI-single by Shogo Akiyama.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
San Francisco Giants +1½ (-170) +121 O 8 (-105)
Cincinnati Reds -1½ (+150) -131 8 (-115)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

On the Mound:

Cincinnati sends Sonny Gray (0-2, 3.55 ERA) to the mound against San Francisco’s Logan Webb (2-3, 4.74 ERA).

Gray has had two no-decisions a week apart as the Reds beat the White Sox and the Pirates in late innings in both of those games. He went seven innings and gave up only two hits in Cincinnati’s 5-1 win over Chicago on May 5. Then, last Wednesday he only lasted 4.2 innings but gave up a run on seven hits as the Reds downed the Pirates, 5-1. Interestingly, he was the first Reds pitcher in the modern era to throw four wild pitches in a game.

  • Gray’s ERA dropped from 5.93 at the end of April to 3.55 after these recent two games.
  • Webb picked up his second win over the season on May 11 as he gave up 2 runs on three hits and struck out 11 batters in a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers. He snapped a two game losing streak with the win.

Giants Chat:

San Francisco Giants LogoBuster Posey, who took a gap year in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, continues to swing a hot stick as he went 3-for-4 yesterday. Posey has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games and is 21-for-42 and sizzling at a .500 clip….Mike Yastrzemski homered yesterday as he went 1-for-5.

He is 6-for 28 in his last eight games since returning from the injured list on May 7….The Giants are 0-6 in walk-off games this season….The Giants are 12-4 in 16 day games as they have accumulated a .750 winning percentage, best in the majors.

Reds Chat:

Cincinnati Reds LogoNick Castellanos went 1-for-3 yesterday as he is hitting at a .326 clip which is tenth in the National League. His 10 home runs are two of NL leader Ronald Acuña, Jr., of the Braves….Jesse Winkler had the day off yesterday as he went 1-for-16 in the first three games of the series with the Rockies.

His batting average still is at .344 and still leads the National League and is fourth overall in MLB….In 17 home games, the Reds have scored 10 runs six times, eight run on eight occasions and they have accumulated 10 hits in nine outings.

Winner: Giants +1½

The Bets
Giants (+1½)
-170
Giants Moneyline
+121
OVER 8
-115
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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