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2018 MLB Season
(19-19) San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (21-16)
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Jeff Samardzija vs. Chad Kuhl
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates -129 | Giants +119
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates -1.5 (+165)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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It was a short outing for Samardzija who picked up his second loss of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. He could only make it four innings giving up five earned off of four hits while striking out three and walking three. The damage came from a three-run and a two-run dinger.
Samardzija has been struggling since returning from the DL as he has just put in 17 innings of work in four starts, while he has yet to eclipse five innings. For someone who owns a career 8.16 K/9 and 2.69 BB/9, his 15:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio is concerning. He’ll look to improve his 6.62 ERA against a solid hitting Pittsburgh lineup.
San Francisco has just been getting by in the last week winning three of their seven contests. In that span their lineup is slashing .273/.328/.408 to go with 20 extra-base hits and 32 RBI.
Kuhl pitched a gem in his last start as he put in a quality start and picked up his fourth win of the season. He traveled seven scoreless-innings giving up just one hit while he struck out eight and walked two. It was a great bounce-back performance after giving up seven earned runs and five home runs in his previous two starts before this one.
On the season he owns a solid 8.24 K/9 and 2.75 BB/9, but the home runs need to be corrected as he has a 1.60 HR/9. The 4.12 ERA is okay, but his 4.72 FIP is concerning as it means Pittsburghs fielding has been making him look better.
Pittsburgh has been playing well in the last week winning four of their six contests. In that span their lineup has been playing well hitting 18 extra-base hits and 34 RBI while they are slashing .258/.329/.450.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- SF are 8-17 in their last 25 Sat. games.
- SF are 17-35 in their last 52 road games.
- SF are 2-8 in Samardzijas last 10 Sat. starts.
- PIT are 8-2 in Kuhls last 10 home starts.
- PIT are 6-2 in Kuhls last 8 starts as a favorite.
- Under is 19-7-2 in PIT last 28 Sat. games.
Free San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction: Pittsburgh edges out San Francisco at home
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Pirates -129
Pittsburgh lineup has been disciplined at the plate having the fourth least amount of strikeouts, while they are middle-of-the-pack in walks. Samardzija’s struggles to get strikeouts while walking batters at a high rate will be an issue against a solid hitting lineup. With the way San Francisco has been hitting though, they should be able to keep this contest close, but it won’t be enough.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Pirates 5 – Giants 4
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