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46-27 (24-14 V) San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 34-38 (19-17 H)
Date:Thursday June 23, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Albert Suarez vs. Jonathan Niese
MLB Moneyline Odds: Off
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MLB Betting Total: Off
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The Pirates have really struggled for the last month.
They have slipped below the .500 mark and until they can get back there they are kind of irrelevant.
Over the same time period San Francisco has really jumped up to take control of the NL West and is definitely among the short list of teams that have to be considered true contenders.
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The Giants had won eight in a row before dropping the opener of this series on Monday.
They came back big time dumping the Bucs 15-4 in game two, showing the potential of their lineup. I am still not a crazy fan of their offense but it is very balanced and that is part of what makes them dangerous.
Buster Posey should give them more if he is truly an elite bat (which I am not sure he is).
Suarez is a rookie making just his fourth start of the season so the book no him is being written as we speak.
Thus far the results have been solid since joining the rotation but he does not work deep into games, or hasn’t yet.
The San Francisco bullpen will have to help him get the victory if he is pitching well.
The Pirates are on a 6-18 run that has seen them fall out of any race in the National League.
The offense is a respectable 13th in runs scored this season but the pitching, which has been elite the last few seasons, has been bad.
I do see enough in this team that they could rebound and be in the Wild Card hunt, because let’s face it, they were never going to catch the Cubs this season anyway.
Jonathan Niese may not be enjoying a Ray Searage renaissance but he has still been the second best starter for Pittsburgh this season.
He has been hit hard in his last two appearances and given that they came after a string of high quality outings makes you wonder if he might be experiencing a dead arm thing in the short terms.
The Pittsburgh pen is nowhere near as good as it was a year ago.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- SF are 19-7 in their last 26 road games.
- SF are 36-16 in their last 52 overall.
- SF are 35-17 in their last 52 games on grass.
- PIT are 5-16 in their last 21 overall.
- PIT are 5-16 in their last 21 games on grass.
- Over is 11-4 in PIT last 15 home games.
Free San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
Given the state of these two teams right now it is easy to get behind SF.
Suarez is an unknown and that can still be an advantage and I expect that factor might make the Giants slight underdogs.
Niese is the known quantity but Pittsburgh has been so bad lately. I admit I was among those that refused to believe this team might not be that good this season, I just didn’t see that significant a regression.
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I am going back to the well on this one and taking the Bucs. Niese bounces back and gets enough offensive support from a lineup that should be Top 10, not just average.
Punch them at about -120 I think.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 6 – San Francisco 4
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