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(59-56) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants (66-51)
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Time: 10:15 PM ET
Venue: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Projected Pitchers: Ryan Vogelsong vs. Matt Moore
MLB Moneyline Odds: San Francisco -148
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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After the Pirates won 6 of 7 meetings between these two teams last season, the Giants took 3 of 4 from the Pirates in Pittsburgh near the end of June.
Both teams are fighting for playoff position now as the Giants divisional lead has been trimmed to just one game as the Dodgers have caught fire.
The Cubs are running away with the NL Central so the Pirates are just fighting for a Wild Card spot.
Starling Marte left Saturday’s game with back tightness and missed Sunday’s game because of it. Marte has arguably been the Pirates most valuable player this season and his absence/presence in the lineup is a big factor in the outcome of this game.
I would assume given Marte’s style of play, the Pirates will hold him out until the back is fully healthy.
The Pirates will send Ryan Vogelsong to the mound who has been sharp in his last two starts. Vogelsong has returned from a fractured eye socket and will now be returning to San Francisco for this start.
The emotions should be high for Vogelsong as he is returning to the city that he won two championships in.
But, Vogelsong’s comeback from a potentially career-ending injury has certainly inspired himself and could be the inspiration that the Pirates need to make a run.
San Francisco Giants
Like the Pirates, the Giants could be without their star in Buster Posey who sat out Sunday due to back tightness.
If he is out of the lineup, the Giants not only lose an important bat in their lineup but also one who caught Vogelsong for years and is very familiar with his pitching repertoire.
Recently acquired Matt Moore will get the start for the Giants and he will look to stabilize a once dominant but now wavering Giants pitching rotation.
His starts with San Francisco have produced nearly identical pitching lines (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER and 7 K in each). However, Moore failed to pick up a win in either.
And, he surrendered 11 BBs combined in the two starts.
If his control is off again, the Pirates could use their speed on the base paths to set up run producing situations.
Despite being the home team pitcher, Moore will be the least comfortable in the ballpark of the pitching matchup.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2-1 in SF last nine games
- Under is 9-3 in PIT last 12 road games
- Under is 9-4 in Vogelsong’s last 13 road starts
- Moore’s first two starts with SF have gone under
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Prediction:
Both pitchers have been hot recently and both lineups could be missing important bats from them. Moore and Vogelsong both are veterans and certainly are aware of the seriousness of every game in a playoff race.
They should be able to keep their rhythm going and keep this game under.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Game total under 7.5
Neither pitcher has been getting much run support recently.
The Pirates got their bats going a bit on Sunday so they should be able to get enough to get the Pirates the win. But, the pick is the under as Moore and Vogelsong will continue to throw well.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1
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