Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants Game 1 Pick
Starting Pitchers: Cueto (Reds) vs. Cain (Giants)
Date/Time: October 6th, 9:37 P.M. EST
MLB Odds from UcaBet
Moneyline: Reds +115 Giants -125
The pivotal Game 1 of the NLDS takes place on Saturday night for MLB betting fans, as the Cincinnati Reds face off with the San Francisco Giants.
The Reds are the higher seed in this game, but Manager Dusty Baker really has to be upset that his team is going to have to start on the road in San Francisco, a place that he used to manage. Baker nearly got the Giants a World Series in 2002, and he hopes that this trip to the playoffs is better than the last time his Reds were here. They were swept out of the second season by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. The man on the mound on Saturday night is going to be Johnny Cueto. Cueto came just short of 20 wins for the first time in his career. He is going to be in the Cy Young discussion this year, but he almost certainly won’t win the award. Still, there is no shame in the fact that he went 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA this year. He threw 217 innings, easily a career high, and he also had a career high in strikeouts as well. What was truly the most impressive is the fact that he only allowed 15 homers and had a single wild pitch all year along, the best numbers in his career by a country mile in both cases.
The Giants are stacked as well though, and they are going to be hoping to get back to the World Series as they were two years ago. The pitching staff isn’t quite as good as it was at that point, but it is still a tremendous unit that can take the team all the way to the title. Matt Cain set a career high by winning 16 games this year, and his five losses in 32 starts was a career low as well. A 2.79 ERA was the best in his career, and it was the sixth straight season in which he threw over 200 pitches. He had a 2.79 ERA and almost reached 200 strikeouts. The righty led his team to a 21-11 record, almost the identical record to the 22-11 mark that Cueto put up this year for the Reds. Cain faced the Reds twice this year, and in both instances, his Giants were beaten, though neither of those starts came in the last three months.
The Reds are the underdogs in this game, but we aren’t all that sure that they should be. Cain is great, but Cueto might be better. And, we know if this turns into a bullpen came, we are going to trust the Reds a heck of a lot more than we are with the Giants. This is a sneakily stacked Cincinnati outfit that might be able to get the job done here in the Bay Area. Cincinnati 4 – San Francisco 2