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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants Prediction and Betting Odds

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants Prediction and Betting Odds. The 26-24 Pittsburgh Pirates are set to take on the 30-22 San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California tonight June 1, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 10:15 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Pirates -130 / Giants +120
O/U: 6.5 runs

Pitching Match Up
Pittsburgh: Gerrit Cole (7-2, 2.11 ERA)
San Francisco: Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 4.24 ERA)

In their last games: The Pirates lost to the San Diego Padres 7-1 and the Giants lost to the Atlanta Braves 7-5.

The Pirates head into San Francisco for the first game in a 3 game series. The 7-2 Gerrit Cole goes for the Pirates and the 4-2 Ryan Vogelsong goes for the Giants. The Pirates open at -130 as the road favorite with a line sitting at 6.5 runs. The Pirates had a 6-game winning streak going before their last series in San Diego where they lost 2 of 4 games to the Padres. They sit in 3rd place in the NL Central 7 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh’s pitching has been superb this season ranking 2nd in team ERA and their offense ranks 15th in runs scored. The Giants have lost 2 straight games after a 5-game winning streak and they are in 2nd place in the NL West only ½ game back of the L.A. Dodgers. San Francisco is a balanced team that ranks 14th in runs scored and 9th in team ERA.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 14 games between these 2 teams in San Francisco the Under record is 10-4.

The Pirates are 20-7 in Coles last 27 starts.

The Giants are 6-0 in Vogelsong’s last 6 home starts.

This season the Giants are 16-11 at home and the Pirates are 11-15 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Pittsburgh Pirates: 26-24 SU / O/U 21-24 / Run Line W/L 24-26
San Francisco Giants: 30-22 SU / O/U 25-25 / Run Line W/L 29-23

Pittsburgh at San Francisco Key Betting Trends

• PITT is 8-2 in their last 10 overall.
• PITT is 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter.
• PITT has an Under record of 11-6-3 in their last 20 road games.
• SF is 13-4 in their last 17 overall.
• SF is 9-0 in their last 9 games as a home underdog.
• SF has an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 games.

Key Player Injuries

PIRATES

[P] 04/06/2015 – Brandon Cumpton 60-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[SS] 04/06/2015 – Justin Sellers 60-day DL (3/27) ( Heel )
[LF] 05/07/2015 – Andrew Lambo 15-day DL (5/4) ( Plantar Fasciitis )

GIANTS

[P] 04/08/2015 – Matt Cain 15-day DL (4/4) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/18/2015 – Jake Peavy 15-day DL (4/18) ( Back )

Free MLB Pick

The main reason the Pirates are the home favorite in this NL match up is that Gerrit Cole is on the hill and he ranks 2nd in the NL in wins and 6th in ERA. Pittsburgh has won 2 straight and 3 of their last 4 games with Cole on the mound and in his last outing he gave up 2 earned runs, on 2 solo HR, in 7 innings in a 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins. Cole is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA in 2 starts against San Francisco. Ryan Vogelsong had a red-hot May going 4-0 with an ERA of only 1.14 and in his last start he went 6 innings and gave up 1 earned run in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts against Pittsburg and since last August at home he is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.06 at home. On top of that the Giants are 6-0 in his last 6 home starts.

Great pitching match up tonight, but at home and with Vogelsong on the hill the Giants have great underdog value even with Cole going for Pittsburgh. This should be a pitcher’s duel that San Francisco will win, as they will take the first game of this series.

Take the GIANTS

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