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Giants vs. Reds: Picks, predictions, how to watch Friday’s game

We go over how to watch Friday’s game between the Giants and Reds and make some picks.

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The San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds square off on Friday with first pitch set for 6:40 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. Carlos Rodon will throw for the Giants, and the Reds starter is Graham Ashcraft making his second career start.

San Francisco (24-19) followed a five-game losing streak with consecutive wins against the New York Mets earlier this week. Rodon will make his ninth start of the season and will come in with a 3.43 ERA in his first year with the Giants. San Francisco averages the second most runs per game, and Mike Yastrzemski will look for his 10th straight game with a hit as he comes in with a .409 on-base percentage.

Cincinnati (14-30) will go for their third victory in a row, coming off a 20-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs yesterday as they get closer to no longer having the worst record in baseball. The Reds rank 24th in batting average, and Tyler Stephenson has a .310 average and had 3 hits in yesterday’s victory.

Giants vs. Reds

Pitchers: Carlos Rodon vs. Graham Ashcraft
First pitch: 6:40 p.m. ET
Giants local broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area
Reds local broadcast: Bally Sports Ohio
Live stream: MLB.tv (subscription)

Odds, picks & predictions

Run line: San Francisco -1.5
Run total: 8
Moneyline odds: San Francisco -220, Cincinnati +180

Moneyline pick: San Francisco -220

The Reds are coming off their highest-scoring game in over two decades, but they are still Cincinnati. The Giants are sending Carlos Rodon to the mound who has been one of their best pitchers. The Reds have certainly improved on their 3-20 start going 11-10 since, but San Francisco is more primed for a win here, even on the road.

Player prop pick: Carlos Rodon over 7.5 strikeouts

The Reds are coming off a game where they scored 20 runs. Even so, Rodon has been great so far this year for the Giants even though he has had back-to-back tough outings. He hasn’t faced Cincinnati yet this year, but they have high swing and miss potential. Rodon has at least eight strikeouts in five of his eight starts so far this season and he looks to add to that on Friday.

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