MLB Picks: Giants vs. Reds Monday Predictions

Jeff Grant

Monday, July 1, 2013 11:57 AM GMT

Monday, Jul. 1, 2013 11:57 AM GMT

The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants have both been struggling recently, but one team will have the advantage of playing in front of its fans Monday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League matchup at the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Back in the win column 

San Francisco snapped a season-high six-game losing streak Sunday, as it managed to pick up a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies as -127 road favorites, while going UNDER the total for a fourth consecutive contest. 

The Giants are 15-27 away from AT&T Park during the 2013 campaign, including a 1-2 mark when listed as underdogs of +150 to +175 in that situation. 

Turn the page 

Cincinnati compiled a 12-15 record in June, which was the club’s first sub-.500 month since Sept. 2011, as it suffered a 3-2 setback to the Texas Rangers as +135 road underdogs yesterday afternoon. 

The Reds are 9-4 as home favorites of -150 to -175, with the UNDER going 9-4 in those 13 opportunities. 

Kickham 

Giants starting pitcher Mike Kickham (0-2, 10.57 ERA) has dropped both of his starts at the MLB level this season, including a 6-5 road defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, as he allowed six runs (five earned) and eight hits over 5.1 innings of work. 

The left-hander was 3-5 with a 4.81 ERA in 14 starts at Triple-A Fresno in 2013, as he prepares to face the Reds for the first time in his career.

Arroyo

Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (6-6, 3.61 ERA) was handed his first loss since May 29 last time out, as he suffered a 7-3 road defeat to the Oakland Athletics, allowing seven runs on seven hits in four frames.

The right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 10 home starts, issuing 12 walks and striking out 43 batters in 68.1 combined innings. 

In 12 career games (11 starts) versus the Giants, Arroyo has tallied a losing 3-5 record and 3.13 ERA.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Reds as one of their MLB picks Monday, as they’ve gone 5-0 in Arroyo’s last five starts as a home favorite of -151 to -200. 

MLB Pick:  Cincinnati Reds -170 at Bet365

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