Reds vs Giants Prediction & Picks (Aug. 28): SF Improves Wild-Card Aspirations

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Monday, August 28’s MLB schedule is action-packed, featuring a West Coast matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. The Reds vs Giants regular-season series is tied 2-2 heading into tonight’s matchup, upping the stakes to what’s the beginning of a three-game series.

The Giants continue their homestand following yesterday’s 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves that saw J.D. Davis and Patrick Bailey combined for five RBIs. Meanwhile, the Reds hope to get back on track after losing three of four games to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tonight’s Reds vs Giants matchup also brings its fair share of betting opportunities to the table. Fortunately, Betting News has everything you need ahead of the action, including the latest odds and betting picks.

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants Tonight (Aug. 28)

CIN vs. SF Game Information

  • Matchup: Cincinnati Reds (68-64, 37-30 Away) vs. San Francisco Giants (67-63, 36-30 Home)
  • Venue & Location: Oracle Park (San Francisco, California)
  • Date: Monday, August 28, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Where to Watch Reds vs Giants: MLB.TV

Reds vs Giants Odds

Game odds as of Monday, August 23 at 11:55 a.m. ET from Bovada. Odds from other sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.


  • Cincinnati Reds +1.5 (-195)
  • San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+165)


  • Over 8 Runs (-120)
  • Under 8 Runs (+100)


  • Cincinnati Reds +110
  • San Francisco Giants -132

Reds vs Giants Probable Pitchers

  • Reds: Andrew Abbott (15 starts — 8-3, 3.16 ERA)
  • Giants: Kyle Harrison (1 start — 0-0, 5.40 ERA)

Reds vs Giants Betting Trends

  • Cincinnati is 4-12 straight up in its last 16 NL matchups.
  • San Francisco is 9-2 straight up in its last 11 games against the NL Central.
  • The total has hit the over in four of Cincinnati’s last six games.
  • The total has hit the under in 15 of San Francisco’s last 20 home games.
  • The total has hit the under in six of the last 10 Cincinnati-San Francisco matchups.

Reds vs Giants Preview

You only have to go back to last month to find when these teams most recently collided. While the Giants were victorious in the first two encounters at the Great American Ball Park, the Reds got revenge by winning the final two games while holding the visitors to three runs on aggregate.

Having said that, the Giants have done a good job at owning the NL Central, going 9-2 in its last 11 matchups against the division. At the same time, they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games overall.

The Reds are also somewhat of a mixed bag, though. On one hand, they’re 7-3 in their 10 previous games played on a Monday. On the other, they’ve dropped 12 of their last 16 National League games.

This game is also huge when it comes to the clubs’ playoff chances. The Reds and Giants both enter tonight’s contest 1.5 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the final NL wild-card spot, meaning neither side can afford to make mistakes.

reds vs giants prediction & picks
With the NL wild-card race being tight, neither the Reds nor the Giants can afford to lose tonight.

When it comes to the pitching matchup, there’s no doubt that Cincinnati has the edge.

Left-handed starter Andrew Abbott has produced results lately, going 4-1 with a 4.06 ERA and 42 strikes over 37 2/3 innings in his last seven starts. He’s also lost just once with a 3.51 ERA in eight previous road starts this season.

On the other side, all eyes are on Kyle Harrison to see how he fares in his second-ever MLB appearance. He made his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 22, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in a 4-3 loss.

Although both teams have found success against left-handed pitchers this season, the Giants’ winning percentage against southpaws (60%) is noticeably better than that of the Reds (52.6%).

Reds vs Giants Prediction and Picks

  • Reds vs Giants Prediction: Giants 6, Reds 3
  • Reds vs Giants Picks: Over 8 Total Runs (Best Value: -120 on Bovada ) & Andrew Abbott Under 5.5 Strikeouts (-135 on Bovada)

The Giants are in the better spot to walk out with tonight’s win. I just can’t bring myself to trust the Reds after dropping three of their last four games while allowing 22 total runs in the last three alone. Besides, Harrison is due for a bounce-back start.

Taking the over on the 8-run total is also a decent idea. After all, the Reds and Giants have experienced the over in four of their last six games, respectively. With both sides also having success against lefties, I expect a lot of action from the batter’s box.

As for a player prop, let’s go with the under on Andrew Abbott’s 5.5-strikeout total. He’s finished with the under in three of his last four starts and considering that San Francisco knows how to handle southpaws, Abbott might have issues tallying Ks tonight.

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Devon Platana
Devon Platana

Devon is a Master of Journalism graduate who joined the sports betting world in 2020. His favorite leagues to cover are the NHL, NBA and NFL, and has a soft spot for fantasy football specifically. Outside of sports, he enjoys the finer things in life like pasta, live music and getting even more tattoos.

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