Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants close out their series and the first half of their seasons on Sunday at PNC Park as they head to the All Star Break. The Pirates are -140 favorites over the Giants with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Pittsburgh Pirates assured themselves with their win on Saturday that they will hit the All Star break being in no worse than a tie for first place in the N.L. Central. On Saturday Michael McKenry had two hits including a home run, Neil Walker had two hits, and Andrew McCutchen had a hit as the Pirates scored three runs on eight hits. On the mound James McDonald allowed four hits and run over seven innings for his ninth win of the season and Joel Hanrahan recorded his 23rd save of the year. For Sunday’s rematch Pittsburgh starts A.J. Burnett who has to be a candidate for the comeback player of the year. For the season Burnett has allowed 84 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 74 over 86.2 innings of work for a 3.74 ERA.
The San Francisco Giants have made a strong run just to get into position in the N.L. West and even though they lost on Saturday they have to be seen as the favorite to eventually take the division. On Saturday Grego Blanco and Ryan Theriot had two hits each and Brandon Crawford had a hit as the Giants had just five hits and managed to score just one run. On the mound Ryan Vogelsong allowed eight hits and three earned runs while striking out five over seven innings for his fourth loss of the season. For Sunday’s game San Francisco starts Tim Lincecum who is having his worst season as a pro. For the year Lincecum has allowed 9 hits and 63 earned runs while striking out 101 over 93.1 innings of work for a 6.08 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 6-1 in their last seven games overall, 21-6 in their last 27 home games, and 4-0 in Burnett’s last four home starts. San Francisco is 12-6 in their last 18 against the N.L. Central, 1-6 in their last seven road games, and 1-5 in Lincecum’s last six starts as an underdog.
We have two pitchers who have literally done it all and I have to believe that both will get up for this one and it stays under the total.