Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates in game one of their series at AT&T Park. The Giants are -185 favorites over the Pirates with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The San Francisco Giants are happy to see the Philadelphia Phillies gone from their house but more than likely if the Giants are going to return to the World Series they will be seeing the Phillies again in the future. The Giants are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 34-23 at home, and they have a half of a game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a team San Francisco is hitting .240 led by Pablo Sandoval at .315, Jeff Keppinger at .308, and Nate Schierholtz at .274. The Giants pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.20 with the starters at 3.31 and the bullpen at 2.98. For game one against the Pirates San Francisco starts Ryan Vogelsong who continues to win and put an end to a Giants losing streak last time out. For the season Vogelsong has allowed 103 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 86 over 115 innings of work.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were in first place in the National League Central just a few weeks ago and while it is now apparent they aren’t going to win the division, they have a ton of experience and talent for the future. The Pirates have lost 10 games in a row, they are 28-27 on the road this season, and 10 games back in the division. As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .245 led by Neil Walker at .278, Andrew McCutchen at .272, and Derrek Lee .300. As a team the Pirates pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.75 with the starters at 3.94 and the bullpen at 3.39. For game one against the Giants Pittsburgh looks to stop the losing with Charlie Morton who had a no decision last time out after pitching seven scoreless innings. For the season Morton has allowed 130 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 74 over 118.1 innings of work.
San Francisco is 2-6 in their last eight against the national League Central, 0-5 in their last five game one of a series, and 6-1 in Vogelsong’s last seven home starts. Pittsburgh is 1-4 in their last five game one of a seires, 3-16 in their last 19 games overall, and 6-21 in Morton’s last 27 road starts.
This game sets up to be a low scorign game but that’s how the Giants roll and a one run win is right in their wheel house. Take the Giants minus the 185.
San Francisco Giants -185 Pittsburgh Pirates