Reds Begin Playoffs At San Francisco Giants

By: Willie Bee | Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants MLB Betting Preview
10/06/2012, 9:37 p.m. (ET) TBS
Opening Lines: Giants -111, O/U 6½
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Cincinnati Reds:  Dusty Baker and the Reds (97-65, +17.4 units) hope for better results than their last trip to the postseason in 2010 when Philadelphia swept three straight.  That all started with Roy Halladay throwing a no-hitter in Game 1, and Cincinnati will now face San Francisco's Matt Cain who authored a perfect game earlier this season.  The Redlegs have a fine arm of their own for Saturday's matchup in Johnny Cueto.  Cincinnati went 22-11 behind Cueto in 2012 (+7.1 units), one of the defeats coming in late-June at San Francisco where he pitched six and surrendered three runs for the loss.  The Reds are 21-26 all-time at AT&T Park, but have won five of their last nine on this diamond.

San Francisco Giants: Bruce Bochy and the Giants (94-68, +19.3 units) have much fonder memories of the 2010 playoffs with World Series rings to show for their effort.  San Francisco streaks into this postseason having won 39 of its last 60, including a 19-8 month of September when the Giants cemented their claim to the NL West title.  They went 21-11 (+6.0 units) behind Saturday's starter Cain, 8-2 over his last 10 assignments.  Two of those losses did come against the Reds, one in each park and Cain's ledger totaling 13 innings with eight runs charged to him.  Two batters in Cincy's lineup who have hurt him over the years are Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick, a combined 14-for-35 (.400) with Ludwick taking him deep three times.  The 'under' was 3-0-1 in the Giants' four games vs. Cincinnati played in San Francisco this year.

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