Reds vs Giants: Pitching preview, prediction, and more

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: Tyler Mahle #30 of the Cincinnati Reds walks back to the dugout. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: Tyler Mahle #30 of the Cincinnati Reds walks back to the dugout. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a sacrifice fly.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – APRIL 09: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a sacrifice fly. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Reds have enjoyed success over the Giants.

Over the years, typically, when the Cincinnati Reds make a road trip to the West Coast, it rapidly descends into a house of horrors. However, the one-stop along the journey that has been most welcoming to is a visit to the Bay Area and Oracle Park.

Since the stadium opened in 2000, the Reds are just one game under .500 with a 35-36 record. Additionally, Cincinnati has only lost one season series to the San Francisco Giants since the 2011 campaign.

One Reds player who loves hitting against the Giants is shortstop Eugenio Suarez. Geno is slashing .298/.344/.596 with nine homers and 25 RBIs in 29 games versus the Giants during his eight-year career.

In seven games versus the Giants during the 2019 campaign alone, Suarez launched four homers and drove home nine runs. Expect to see San Francisco’s pitching being extremely cautious when Suarez steps to the plate.

Prediction

It will be strength versus strength over the next three days as the explosive Cincinnati offense battles a dominant San Francisco pitching staff. Recent history tells us the Reds love facing the Giants, and you can expect that pattern to hold true as the Redlegs toss their three best starters at the Giants.

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Look for the Cincinnati Reds to take two of three from the San Francisco Giants and complete a .500 road trip as they return home in first place and prepare for the Ohio Cup battle against their American League rival, the Cleveland Indians.