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San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction and Betting Odds

San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction and Betting Odds. The 65-56 San Francisco Giants are set to take on the 72-47 Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania tonight August 21, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7:05 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Giants -130 / Pirates +120
O/U: 7 runs

Pitching Match Up
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner (14-6, 2.98 ERA)
Pittsburgh: Jeff Locke (6-7, 4.31 ERA)

In their last games: In Game 1 of this 4 game series yesterday the Pirates beat the Giants 4-0.

The Giants head into Pittsburgh for the 2nd game of a 4 game series. The 14-6 Madison Bumgarner goes for the Giants and the 6-7 Jeff Locke goes for the Pirates. The Giants open at -130 as the road favorite with a line sitting at 7 runs. The Pirates have won 2 in a row and 6 of their last 7 games and they are in 2nd place in the NL Central 4.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. They have the 2nd best team ERA in the Majors and rank 13th in runs scored. The Giants have lost 2 of their last 3 games, including the first game of this series, and they are in 2nd place in the NL West 2.5 games back of the L.A. Dodgers. They rank 10th in runs scored and 11th in team ERA. Pittsburgh is 4 games up in the Wild Card standings with the Giants 4 games out of the 2nd spot.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Pirates are 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 home games against the Giants.

In the last 6 games between these 2 teams in Pittsburgh the Over record is 6-2-1.

This season the Pirates are 42-19 at home and the Giants are 30-32 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

San Francisco Giants: 65-56 SU / O/U 57-55 / Run Line W/L 67-54
Pittsburgh Pirates: 72-47 SU / O/U 53-55 / Run Line W/L 54-65

San Francisco at Pittsburgh Key Betting Trends

• SF is 1-7 in their last 8 road games.
• SF is 6-14 in their last 20 vs. a team with a winning record.
• SF has an Under record of 4-0-1 in their last 5 games.
• PITT is 38-15 in their last 53 home games.
• PITT is 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
• PITT has an Over record of 11-5 in their last 16 home games.

Key Player Injuries

GIANTS
[2B] 06/18/2015 – Marco Scutaro 60-day DL (6/17); out for season ( Back )
[P] 07/01/2015 – Tim Lincecum 15-day DL (6/28) ( Forearm )
[RF] 08/20/2015 – Hunter Pence 15-day DL (8/19) ( Oblique )
[LF] 08/20/2015 – Norichika Aoki 7-day DL (8/12); expected to be activated and start Thursday vs Pittsburgh ( Concussion )
[2B] 08/04/2015 – Joe Panik 15-day DL (8/2) ( Back )
[P] 08/07/2015 – Mike Leake 15-day DL (8/3) ( Hamstring )
[CF] 08/11/2015 – Angel Pagan 15-day DL (8/11) ( Knee )
[P] 07/31/2015 – Tim Hudson 15-day DL (7/31) ( Shoulder )

PIRATES
[SS] 07/20/2015 – Jordy Mercer 15-day DL (7/20) ( Knee )
[CF] 07/19/2015 – Gorkys Hernandez 15-day DL (7/13) ( Shoulder )
[RF] 06/24/2015 – Corey Hart 60-day DL (6/22) ( Shoulder )
[3B] 07/06/2015 – Josh Harrison 15-day DL (7/6) ( Thumb )
[LF] 05/07/2015 – Andrew Lambo 60-day DL (5/4) ( Plantar Fasciitis )
[P] 08/01/2015 – A.J. Burnett 15-day DL (7/31) ( Elbow )
[P] 08/08/2015 – Deolis Guerra 15-day DL (8/7) ( Knee )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Brandon Cumpton 60-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )

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No surprise that even in Pittsburg the Giants are the favorites since Madison Bumgarner is on the mound. San Francisco has won their last 3 games and 6 of their last 7 when he is on the hill. Bumgarner ranks 2nd in the NL in wins, 3rd in strikeouts, and 1st in complete games. The Giants are 25-9 in Bumgarner’s last 34 road starts. Tonight he can become the first pitcher since the 2011 season to throw 3 straight complete games. After a couple of rough outings Jeff Locke was solid in his last start giving up only 1 earned run in 5 innings in a 8-1 win over the New York Mets. The Pirates have won 4 of their last 5 games with him on the mound and they are 17-5 in his last 22 home starts.

The Giants have lost 7 of their last 8 road games, but I have to go with them in this one simply because Bumgarner is getting the start.

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