The Cincinnati Reds continue their first West Coast trip in 19 months with a game against the San Francisco Giants. Will they come out on top tonight in the bay area? Read on for our analysis of this match up and a free pick, courtesy of SBR.
Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – 09:45 PM EDT at Oracle Park
The Cincinnati Reds continue their first West Coast road trip in 19 months with their second of three games in San Francisco on Tuesday night. The Reds last headed West in early September 2019. Due to the pandemic shortening the 2020 season, Cincinnati only played teams in the American League Central and National League Central Division last season.
The trip started in Arizona, where the Reds lost two of three to the Diamondbacks to drop their first series this season. Cincinnati got back on the winning track in the series opener at the Giants. The Reds began the season winning five of six at home and are still atop the Central Division by a game. They are tied with the Dodgers for the best run differential in baseball at plus 23, which is not to be ignored when heading to betting sites.
The Giants are hanging in there in what’s expected to be a meat grinder of a division. San Francisco is in third place, behind the Dodgers and Padres and currently are in position to take the second wild card spot. The Giants are currently closer to first place—and the best record in baseball (two games behind the Dodgers) than they are to fourth (2.5 games ahead of Arizona).
The Reds won Monday’s opener against San Francisco with a dominant pitching performances from starter Wade Miley and relievers Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims allowing five baserunners in a 3-0 shutout win that manager David Bell called “unbelievable”.
Four games into the West Coast swing, however, the Reds still haven’t shown that their bats made the trip with them. After averaging 9.3 runs in their six home games, hitting double digits three times, Cincinnati has managed a total of 12 in their four road games.
Even with the cool down since leaving Ohio, the Reds still have three starting position players with over 1.000 OPS—outfielders Tyler Naquin (1.195) and Nick Castellanos (1.056) and catcher Tucker Barnhart (1.047). Third baseman Mike Moustakas is at .909. Remember that when looking at the MLB betting lines.
The Reds will send Luis Castillo to the mound on Tuesday. He bounced back from giving up eight earned runs in 3.1 innings against St. Louis in his first start, going seven scoreless innings against Pittsburgh last week. This is his first start in California since May 2019.
Looking For a New Streak
The loss to the Reds in the opener snapped a four-game winning streak by the Giants. San Francisco won the final game of a series at San Diego—taking two of three from the Padres—then swept the last place Rockies at home.
The Giants have leaned on pitching in their fast start. After allowing eight runs in 10 innings in an opening day loss at Seattle, the Giants have allowed a total of 21 runs over the next nine outings.
San Francisco has needed that pitching performance, however. In their three losses since opening day, the Giants have scored a total of one run. They’ve scored 18 in the last eight games after putting up 13 in the first two days of the season.
With three starters hitting below the Mendoza line, the Giants called up LaMonte Wade Jr., who has provided a spark at the plate, with a two-hit game in his first start in the outfield. He’s expected to play against right handers, so there’s a good chance he’ll be the starting center fielder on Tuesday, against Castillo.
The Giants will start former Reds pitcher Kevin Gausman on Tuesday. This will be his first start against Cincinnati since the Reds didn’t tender him a contract following the 2019 season. Gausman has allowed two runs and seven hits in 13.2 innings, striking out 11 in two no decisions so far this year.
The Reds batters should be familiar with their former teammate on the mound, which could be the spark the Cincinnati offense needs to find the stroke at the plate that started the year. For your MLB picks, look for the Reds to get the nod in game two of the series.
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