The CINCINNATI and the SAN FRANCISCO will both be gunning for a victory on 5/12/2019 at 4:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
CINCINNATI vs SAN FRANCISCO
GAME: Cincinnati Reds (18-22) at San Francisco Giants (16-23)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 12 – 4:05 PM EST
WHERE: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Cincinnati), NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco)
PREDICTION: Giants 5, Reds 2
Oddsmakers currently have the SAN FRANCISCO listed as -125 point favorites versus the CINCINNATI, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.5.
After the Cincinnati Reds squandered a three-run, first-inning lead on Saturday, Eugenio Suarez took matters into his own hands. The Reds hope to grab an early advantage and keep hold of it on Sunday, when they attempt to complete a sweep of their three-game series against the host San Francisco Giants.
With Cincinnati trailing 4-3, Suarez belted a solo homer in the fifth inning to forge a tie before hitting a leadoff double and scoring on Derek Dietrich’s two-out single in the seventh. The 27-year-old third baseman has gone 8-for-18 during his four-game hitting streak and has hit safely in seven of his last eight contests, recording five home runs and 10 RBIs in that span. While the Reds seek their fourth straight overall victory, San Francisco looks to avoid a fourth consecutive loss after surrendering a total of 24 runs in its last three contests. Steven Duggar went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in Saturday’s setback for his third three-hit performance of May – a month during which he has hit safely in seven of his nine games.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Tyler Mahle (0-5, 3.69 ERA) vs. Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (2-4, 3.99)
Mahle has given up fewer than two runs in four of his seven starts this season, including each of his last two, but still is without a victory. The 24-year-old Californian, who will be making his sixth consecutive road start and seventh overall this year, suffered the loss at Oakland on Tuesday despite allowing one run and four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts over five innings. Mahle lost his lone career start versus the Giants on May 15, 2018 in San Francisco, where he surrendered four runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 frames.
Bumgarner could be making one of his final starts for the Giants as the free-agent-to-be reportedly submitted a no-trade list to management that includes eight teams. The 29-year-old native of North Carolina is coming off a victory at Colorado on Tuesday in which he allowed three runs and eight hits over six innings. A former World Series MVP, Bumgarner is 3-5 with one shutout and a 4.21 ERA in nine career starts against Cincinnati.
1. The Reds have outscored their opponents 15-4 during their three-game winning streak.
2. Cincinnati OF Yasiel Puig is riding a modest three-game hitting streak during which he has gone 5-for-13 with a homer and four RBIs.
3. San Francisco made a slew of moves Saturday, activating C Erik Kratz (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list, claiming OF Aaron Altherr off waivers from Philadelphia, optioning Dereck Rodriguez to Triple-A Sacramento, designating fellow RHP Andrew Moore for assignment and sending SHP Pat Venditte outright to the River Cats.
PREDICTION: Giants 5, Reds 2