MLB: Saturday, August 11, AT&T Park, San Francisco, California, 9:05 PM ET.
The San Francisco Giants will be trying to bounce back from a series sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third game of their four-game weekend series on Saturday night.
Joe Musgrove, who is 4-6 with a 3.41 ERA, will get the start for the Pirates. Ty Blach, who is 6-6 with a 4.28 ERA, will start for the Giants.
Pirates Going For Second Consecutive Series Win
The Pirates are coming off a series win over the Colorado Rockies and will be trying to win their second consecutive series when they face the Giants. They will also be trying to reduce their 7.5 game deficit in the NL Central when they play the Giants.
Offensively, the Pirates have been solid this season. The team has a .254 batting average, which is eighth in the league. Their .320 on base percentage is 14th, while their .415 slugging percentage is 13th in the league. The Pirates have scored 517 runs this season, which is 15th in the league.
Pittsburgh’s pitching hasn’t been as good as the team’s offense, but they too have played well for most of the season. Opponents have a .256 batting average against the Pirates, which is 22nd in the league. Their 4.18 ERA is 18th, while their 1.35 WHIP is 21st in the league.
In his last start, Musgrove gave up four hits and two earned runs in seven innings, but it wasn’t good enough to get the win over the Colorado Rockies, who won the game 2-0. They will need another solid effort from him to get the win on Saturday.
Giants Trying to Reduce Gap In NL West
The Giants have dropped to fourth in the NL West, 6.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are on top of the division. They will be trying to reduce the deficit and keep their playoff dreams alive with a win over the Pirates.
Offensively, the Giants have struggled this season. The team has a .250 batting average, which is 12th in the league. Their .314 on base percentage is 22nd, while their .391 slugging percentage is 25th in the league. The Giants have scored 460 runs this season, which is 24th in the league.
San Francisco’s pitching has been pretty good this season, but the pitchers haven’t gotten a lot of run support from their offense. Opponents have a .251 batting average against the Giants, which is 16th in the league. Their 3.95 ERA is 16th, while their 1.31 WHIP is 15th in the league.
To defeat the Pirates on Saturday, the Giants will need a solid effort from their starter and avoid making costly mistakes.
- 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
- 1-7 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 7-2 in their last 9 road games.
- 17-7 in their last 24 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Giants have struggled in their last five games against teams with winning records, especially at home. The Pirates have been great in their last 24 games, especially on the road.
Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates -105
Full-Game Total Pick
Picking the total and not knowing the starter is tough. The Giants are taking on a team that is crushing pitching as of late with Pittsburgh scoring 24 runs over their last three games. Have to go over when a spot starter is going.
Prediction: Over 8.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
Pittsburgh has been crushing the ball in their last three games, and average eight runs per game during that span. The team also averages 4.59 runs per game for the season so they shouldn’t have any problem getting five or more runs on Saturday.
Prediction: Pirates Total Runs Over 4.5
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Pirates are hitting the ball very well, and have scored 20 runs in their last two games. Their offensive onslaught will likely continue on Saturday so expect them to get to Blach and jump out to a fast start.
Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates -110
First Five Innings Total Bet
With both teams combining for 38 runs in their first two games of the series, there is very little doubt they will go over 4.5 runs in the first five innings of this game.
Prediction: Over 4.5
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
Despite how well both teams are playing on offense right now, they are not known for their fast starts, so don’t expect to see any runs in the first inning.
Prediction: Will there be a score in the 1st Inning? No -120