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San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Total Pick

Time: 7:05 PM EST Monday May 5, 2014 ROOT

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Pirates host the San Francisco Giants in a National League match up.

In their last games: The Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 and the Pirates lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2.

In their win over the Braves San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner went 6 innings striking out 9 and only giving up 1 earned run and Brando Crawford hit 2 HR.

In their loss to the Blue Jays the Pirates only managed 4 hits and they gave up 11 including a grand slam.

This is the first match up of these 2 teams this season.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Over 6 times.

The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 home games against the Giants.

The Giants are 7-1 in Yusmerio Petit’s last 8 starts.

The Pirates are 1-4 in Jeff Locke’s last 5 home starts.

Pitching Match Up
San Francisco Giants: Yusmerio Petit (2-1, 2.61 ERA)
Pittsburgh Pirates: Jeff Locke (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Giants -109 / Pirates -101
Run Line: San Francisco -1.5 +150
Total Line: 7 Over (-115)

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
San Francisco Giants: 20-11 SU / O/U 14-16 / Run Line W/L 15-16
Pittsburgh Pirates: 12-19 SU / O/U 14-14 / Run Line W/L 11-20
Key Betting Trends
• SF is 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
• SF is 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
• SF has an Under record of 15-5-1 in their last 21 games.
• PITT is 4-11 in their last 15 overall.
• PITT is 3-7 in their last 10 home games.
• PITT has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Key Player Injuries

GIANTS
Matt Cain SP D.L. May 4 finger Mid-May
David Huff RP D.L. Apr 22 quadriceps Mid-May?
Marco Scutaro 2B D.L. Mar 29 back Out indefinitely

PIRATES
Stolmy Pimentel RP D.L. May 3 shoulder Out indefinitely
Russell Martin C D.L. Apr 26 hamstring Mid-May?
Jason Grilli R D.L. Apr 25 middle body
Wandy Rodriguez SP D.L. Apr 21 knee Early May

Total Pick:

The Giants didn’t light it up against the Braves, but that is one tough rotation so they can be excused for their low offensive output in that series. Tonight should be an easier go for them with Jeff Locke making his first major league start of the season. Locke had a poor 2nd half of 2013 and didn’t pitch well enough to make the team in spring training. He hasn’t impressed in the minors this season with 5.04 ERA at Triple-A Indianapolis. The Giants send reliever Yusmeiro Petit out to make his second straight start. He looked decent in his opener pitching 6 shutout innings, but his 7 starts in 2013 were a mixed bag. Pittsburgh tore up the Jays’ struggling bullpen, so I’m not sure if that signals a turnaround or not, but they may not need to put up many to get this over the today’s total line.
Take Over 7 (-115).

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