This series features my favorite storyline so far to come up this season in the MLB. For those unaware, prior to Game 1 on Friday Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham went full Will Smith on Joc Pederson and slapped him during warmups. The beef stems from a fantasy football league the two were involved in last year. According to Pederson, he was accused of cheating and Pham thought it was a good idea to choose violence. Can’t make this stuff up.
The Giants took their lumps once the game started and lost the series opener to a dreadfully bad Reds team 5-1. To be fair, the Reds have really turned their season around after starting 3-22 but have a long way to go to be truly competitive.
Here are the odds for this game, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Giants vs. Reds Odds, Run Line, and Total
- Giants: -1.5 (+135)
- Reds: +1.5 (-155)
- Giants: -120
- Reds: +100
- Total 9 (Over -105/Under -115)
Giants vs. Reds Prediction and Pick
This game has a real chance to be a complete mess on the mound for both teams. Alex Cobb gets the start for San Francisco and the veteran righty looks like he might be reaching the end of what his arm has left. At 3-2 with a 6.25 ERA and 1.55 WHIP, Cobb looks nothing like the guy who dominated for so many years in Tampa Bay -- but three years in Baltimore can do that to a guy. And now Cobb is barely relevant and the Giants are just hoping he can eat innings for them.
The Reds, meanwhile, are going with 27-year-old righty Tyler Mahle on Saturday. Mahle has a terrible 6.20 ERA in 24 ⅔ innings in May and is giving up an average of one home run per game. After not giving up a single HR in his first six starts, it's clear something has gone awry here.
These teams combined for just six runs in the opening game of this series, but I think the bats get busy on Sunday.
Pick: OVER 9 (-105)
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