Cincinnati has won both games this series and needs one victory in the remaining two matches, to send the Giants to the bottom of the West division. They are tied for the last place with Los Angeles Dodgers, but their divisional rivals are red-hot and San Francisco will most likely hit rock bottom this week.
Bet: Cincinnati -1.5 runs
Odds: Winner Sports 2.10
Cincinnati is playing without one of its most reliable starting pitchers, but with Cueto sidelined, the Reds will be giving the ball to Tony Cingrani. The young player is trying to take advantage of this rare opportunity to prove his worth and hopefully consolidate his position as a starter. So far he did a brilliant job by winning all three decisions and limiting opponents to three runs or less per game.
Tony shouldn’t have too many problems against San Francisco who scored a single run in two games and will count on aging Barry Zito to dig them out of the hole. The veteran lost six decisions in 2013 and four in a row, while his earned run average climbed to values of 4.53 which make it hard for the Giants to win games. He’s been awful away from home all year long and has an ERA of 10.41 in five defeats, hardly a percentage to boost hopes at the middle of a series that is clearly heading to disaster.
The odds for Cincinnati to win are mediocre at best, but Winner Sports provides its members with an opportunity to increase profits by taking additional chances. Trust the Reds to cover the -1.5 runs spread and take advantage of odds of 2.10 because the hosts should have no problem in putting two or more runs between them and the visiting Giants.