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San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Where and when: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Saturday, 4:05 pm EST
Expect rain in game two of a three-game set versus the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 4:05 pm EST. After winning game one of a three-game series versus the Washington Nationals on the road, they ended the set losing the last two games, thus dropping three of their last four games, overall.
And despite being ranked in the top five teams in the league in pitcher’s ERA at 3.16 on the year with a WHIP of 1.14, the Giants allowed an average of a tad under seven runs during their two-game skid. Their offense, on the other hand, continues to struggle in averaging just over three runs per game on the year.
After being successful on the road versus the Washington Nationals in picking up a three-game series victory with a 4-3 win on April 14th, the Pirates remained on the road while sweeping a two-game set versus the struggling Detroit Tigers after picking up a 3-2 win in their finale on April 17th.
In all, despite committing a whopping 14 turnovers on the defensive end this year, the Pirates continue to hold down the top spot within the NL Central due to their ability to keep teams off base Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 2.63 (2nd) along with a WHIP of 1.02 (3rd) for the year. Also, the staff has obtained 12 quality starts so far this season while allowing less than three runs per game during their current three-game winning streak.
Taillon seeks first win of season
Jameson Taillon (0-2) has yet to pick up a win on the season, yet, this cannot be totally attributed to his overall effort on the mound. The right-hander has a respectable 3.43 ERA this season and has allowed just four earned in 21 innings. And despite a no-decision versus the Nationals in his last time out, he got his team the win in going six innings while allowing three earned runs in a 4-3 win on April 14th. He continues to be up and down on the hill, however, as he left his prior outing on the road versus the Cubs after two innings as Chicago was able to record six runs during his time on the mound (zero earned).
Your Bucs are back tomorrow!
— Pirates (@Pirates) April 19, 2019
Taillon picked up a no-decision at PNC Park versus the Giants on May 11th, 2018, as he ended a short day in pitching just three innings while allowing just one hit along with a strikeout in an 11-2 victory. Brandon Belt (.143) has struggled in facing the right-hander in his career while Buster Posey (.667 on 7 AB) along with Brandon Crawford (.400 on 5 AB) have had limited experience, yet, fared well versus Taillon in the past.
Holland needs more consistency on mound
Derek Holland (1-2) has had a rough go of it thus far on the hill for the Giants as he is coming off a 4-0 home loss to the Colorado Rockies in allowing four earned in six innings of pitching. He also allowed a homer in the contest as the left-hander has permitted home runs to opponents in each of his starts on the year.
He has picked up wins at home as well as on the road versus the Pittsburgh Pirates in his last two meetings. In his last start at PNC, he pitched six, quality innings while allowing just four hits in addition to recording six strikeouts in a 5-0 win. Holland has had three no-decisions along with a loss in his last four road starts.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 5, 2019
Melky Cabrera (.286 on 21 AB) along with Francisco Cervelli (.250 on 8 AB) have fared well versus Holland during their careers. Starling Marte (.146) has struggled versus the left-hander, yet is questionable with a head injury.
- PIT is 11-4 in their last 15 Sat. games
- SF is 7-23 in their last 30 road games.
- SF is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Despite the Pirates having a rash of injuries to which they have had to endure already this season, their defense continues to shine as they are ranked as one of the best in the league, as pointed out. Furthermore, they will certainly look to return home after a long, yet successful road trip to where they went 5-3 during this time. Look for this to be a low-scoring affair amongst these offensively challenged squads as the Pirates will sneak out a slim victory over a Giants team that did not start their road trip on a positive note in losing to the Nationals.
Prediction: Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -135
Full-Game Total Pick
As stated, both these teams are ranked within the top five in the pitching department. Combine this with the fact that each team is averaging just over three runs per game, and continue to struggle at the plate, look for this game to be won at the mound as the under will certainly be the strong play in the end.
Prediction: Pick: Under 7
Full-Game Prop Bet
Look for the Pirates to cover the run line in this contest as Holland has truly been awful leading up to this matchup on Saturday. And while he will also do his best in which to improve upon his prior play, the Pirates have had much experience in their respective careers versus the left-hander. In all, look for the Pirates to cruise to yet another victory over an up and down Giants squad.
Prediction: Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5
First Five Innings Side Pick
With Taillon on the mound, expect for the visitors to struggle for a bit at the plate. Of course, struggling on offense is something that has been common for San Francisco throughout the year. Nonetheless, the Pirates have struggled, offensively, as well thus far in the season; Yet, they will put some hits together early in which to take command of this contest while also covering the run line after five frames.
Prediction: Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -0.5
First Five Innings Total Bet
One should not look for their to be many runs scored early as the home team, which is averaging a tad less than three runs per game, will not be able to take full advantage of an inconsistent Holland throughout the duration of his time on the hill. Nonetheless, look for the Pirates to get some runs across the plate after five innings in what will be a low-scoring affair throughout.
Prediction: Pick: Under 4
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
I will strongly back the Pirates after five innings as they enter this matchup with the most momentum while also bringing one of their best in the rotation to the mound in Taillon. With this being the case, look for the Giants to struggle yet again at the plate while the Pirates will cruise early to cash in on the money line.
Prediction: Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -140