Giants extend incredible shutout streak; Friday's total at 6.5
The San Francisco Giants are dishing out more donuts than Krispy Kreme, posting a franchise-record fourth straight shutout in a 5-0 win against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday.
The Giants haven’t allowed a run since a three-run, ninth-inning collapse against the Oakland A’s on June 24, giving up just 17 hits over the past four outings – including a three-game series sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in which they outscored their rivals 13-0.
San Francisco goes for shutout No. 5 versus the Reds Friday
. Oddsmakers have dipped the total to 6.5 runs with Giants perfect-gamer Matt Cain taking the mound against Cincinnati righty Mike Leake.
San Francisco is 3-1 over/under during this shutout streak, playing over the 7.5-run total all by itself with an 8-0 victory against L.A. on Monday.
This incredible defensive showing has helped the Giants claim sole ownership of the National League West lead, jumping one game ahead of the Dodgers. San Francisco is 6-1 in its last seven games while Los Angeles has lost five in a row and has just one win in its last 10 games.
On top of that, the Dodgers – who are already without star slugger Matt Kemp – may be forced to put outfielder Andre Ethier on the 15-day DL due to an oblique strain. He’s currently listed as day-to-day.
San Francisco is currently listed at +150 to win the NL Central crown, behind the Dodgers at -105. The Giants are priced as +900 to win the NL Pennant and +1,400 to win the World Series.
Cain and the Giants are -149 home favorites versus the Reds (+140) Friday.