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Date: Tuesday August 16, 2016
Time: 10:15 PM ET
Venue: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Projected Pitchers: Jameson Taillon vs. Jeff Samardzija
MLB Moneyline Odds: San Francisco -114, Pittsburgh +105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Giants -1.5 (+175)
MLB Betting Total: Off
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By all rights the Pirates should be out of the race but as this is being written they are just 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the NL. Still lots of time too.
That time thing is what is ailing San Francisco. The more of it there is the more they give away their lead over the Dodgers in the West.
Its down to just a game.
Per the intro the Pirates are hanging in there but it is also that none of the Wild Card teams are really tearing it up right now.
They did take two of three from the Dodgers over the weekend and that was without Starling Marte in the lineup – he has been their best hitter all season long but you probably didn’t notice.
I guess this Bucs group has something.
I don’t know they can sustain it.
Jameson Taillon has only made 10 starts this season but they have been mostly good, only twice has he given up more than 3ER and none in his last six starts.
He might be finally rounding into the form that could make him a solid number 2 behind Gerritt Cole.
Though I would like to see more dominance. His control is impressive 47/8 K/BB ratio.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants have been struggling for weeks, unable to put away the Dodgers in the NL West.
For a while they were waiting for health to get on their side with the like of Hunter Pence and Joe Panik on the shelf but that was short lived – now top hitter Buster Posey is dealing with back stiffness.
The pitching has been good but they have been shutout twice in the last week and won one game 1-0.
They need more offense.
Jeff Samardzija is not quite earning his keep this season.
A return to the NL, especially in the West should have improved his numbers but he has been very inconsistent, or consistently mediocre, take your pick.
He may have thrown five shutout inning in his last outing but the four before that were all either 4ER or 5ER allowed.
He is not giving up a ton of hits but he is prone to big innings.
The bullpen has been just OK in support.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PIT are 4-9 in their last 13 road games.
- Under is 9-4 in PIT last 13 road games.
- Under is 6-2 in SF last 8 home games.
- Under is 11-5-1 in SF last 17 overall.
- Under is 11-5-1 in SF last 17 on grass.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Prediction:
The Pirates are going to be a tough team to handicap down the stretch. The should not be on the fringe but they are and they have an experienced lineup.
It will all come down to some unproven pitching like Taillon.
San Fran should rip through these guys but it will depend on whether they get a good Samardzija or a bad one.
They don’t know from game to game so the value is probably with the dog and the better payoff.
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As the season gets longer some of these games get harder not easier to handicap. This is one of those.
Two pretty good teams with wild cards on the hill. Let’s take a shot with the Pirates.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 4 – San Francisco 2
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