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San Francisco Giants-Cincinnati Reds Series Preview

June 3rd, 2014 at 2:57 PM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants resume play tonight in the opener of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants are 18-11 on the road and have not lost a series in a month.

The 37-20 Giants remain atop the National League West, while the 26-29 Reds are in fourth place in the National League Central. The 37 wins by the Giants are the most in June since 1971, when they won the NL West with a 90-72 mark and lost in four games to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Championship Series. Their  current .649 winning percentage is the best in June since 1978, when they finished the season with a 89-73 record and in third place in the NL West.

Tonight's matchup features Tim Lincecum (4-3) taking on Homer Bailey (5-3). Lincecum is 0-3 lifetime versus the Reds with a 8.65 ERA and 20 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm.

Wednesday night has Ryan Vogelsong (3-2) and Tony Cingrani (2-5) locking arms. Vogelsong owns a 2-3 career record against the Reds with a 5.08 ERA and 43 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm.

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Thursday's series finale will see Madison Bumgarner (7-3) battling Mike Leake (3-4). Bumgarner is 1-2 all-time versus the Reds with a 5.16 ERA and 22 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 9:35 am.

The Giants have won 12 of their last 17 games on the road and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The orange and black enter the series with the third best ERA in baseball with a 3.02 mark and lead the majors with 46 runs scored in the first inning.

Since 2010, the Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 regular season games at Great American Ball Park and have been outscored 65-27. The starting pitchers have displayed a 6.02 ERA during that stretch. 

Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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