The San Francisco Giants (46-39) and Pittsburgh Pirates (47-37) will close out a National League series on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 ET
San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco has lost four of its last five games, including a 3-1 setback to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. “We got a good start from our starter, but we ran into one of the better-pitched games we’ve seen,” stated Giants manager Bruce Bochy. The Giants are now 20-23 away from the friendly confines of AT&T Park, but have gone 22-16 in day games this year. San Francisco is 6-6 as a road underdog of +100 to +125, with the “over/under” split at six games apiece.
Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (3-9, 6.08 ERA) is coming off a dreadful effort, falling 9-3 on the road to the Washington Nationals, allowing eight runs (seven earned) and nine hits over 3.1 innings. The right-hander is 1-5 with a 8.45 ERA in nine road outings, with opposing hitters batting .297 against him. In four career games versus the Pirates, Lincecum has tallied a 1-1 record and 3.10 ERA, issuing just seven walks and striking out 39 batters in 29 combined frames.
Pittsburgh will sit atop the NL Central division heading into the All-Star break regardless of today’s outcome, as the club is led by outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who leads the majors with a .353 batting average. The Pirates may be buyers during the trade deadline, which is a nice change for a fan base that’s suffered 19 consecutive losing seasons. Pittsburgh is 8-2 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the “under” going 8-2 in those contests.
Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.74 ERA) has led the club to 11 consecutive wins, as he didn’t factor into the decision of an 8-7 home victory over the Houston Astros last time out. The right-hander has gone 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA in eight home outings, surrendering just a single home run in 53.2 combined frames. In seven career starts versus the Giants, Burnett has garnered a solid 5-2 record and 1.84 ERA, with opposing hitters batting just .193 against him.
Bettors will likely back the Pirates due to their 16-5 record as a home favorite, while the Giants are 1-7 as underdogs.
Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -130
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