Giants vs. Reds prediction and odds for Tuesday, July 18 (Fade Cincy's bats)

The Reds are off to a slow start in the second half and it's because their offense has cooled off after an incredible month of June.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6)
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants got in seven innings yesterday in Cincinnati, but eventually rain forced the game to be suspended with the score tied at two.

Play of that one will resume at 5:40 ET today and then Game 2 of the series will begin. For Game 2 the Giants will send Anthony DeSclafani to the mound opposite Luke Weaver. 

The Giants and Reds are both battling for their divisions and for a Wild Card spot and the results of both of these games will go a long way in those races. DeSclafani is returning from an injury and will make his first start since July 1.

In his 17 starts this year he is 4-8 with a 4.44 ERA for San Francisco. Luke Weaver is 2-2 with a 7.00 ERA in 15 starts. 

Let’s get into the odds for this matchup in Cincinnati and hope the weather is better tonight. 

Giants vs. Reds odds, run line and total

Giants vs. Reds prediction and pick

The Reds just have to add pitching at the trade deadline. If they’re at all serious about this baseball team then they’ll need to make moves. They’ve had the offense to win the division at points this year, but if you’ve allowed a pitcher to make 15 starts and he has a 7.00 ERA and is still your best option then you’ve got big problems. 

With all of that being said, Luke Weaver is actually due for a good outing. His FIP is 5.74 which is a lot better than his ERA. It’s not to say he’ll dominate San Francisco, but he won’t give up the 11 runs to cash the over all on his own. 

That’s really all we need out of Weaver in this one because the Reds offensively haven’t been impressive for a little bit now. It seems like Cincinnati is cooling off.

Maybe it was just Milwaukee’s pitching staff, but even yesterday they only managed two runs on four hits against Logan Webb and both were solo home runs. Jonathan India accounted for one of the home runs and three of the hits. 

I don’t have a lot of confidence in Cincy’s bats right now. I’ll take the under even with Luke Weaver on the mound. 

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