Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/6/14
San Francisco Giants (19-11) at Pittsburgh Pirates (12-18)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Tim Hudson (R) (4-1) (2.168) vs. Charlie Morton (R) (0-4) (4.211)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -110 / San Francisco Giants -110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates host NL West leader the San Francisco Giants to PNC Park on Monday.
San Francisco is trying to erase the memory of last season's disappointing finish and the results have been positive thus far. The Giants defeated Atlanta 4-1 on Sunday to complete the road sweep and post their 5th straight win and 9th in ten contests. The pitching was outstanding over the weekend capped off by a strong effort by Madison Bugarner who gave up an unearned run on three hits in six innings. SF logged ten hits with Brandon Crawford leaving the yard twice with and driving in three. Matt Cain is scheduled to be on the bump in the series opener at Pittsburgh on Monday. Cain comes in off his worst outing of 2014 in which he was charged with seven runs on ten hits versus Colorado.
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Pittsburgh has been showing steady signs of improvement over the last few years so it was no surprise that many thought the Pirates capable of winning the National League Central in 2014. The Pirates were in position to sweep visiting Toronto Sunday thanks to a pair of dramatic comebacks but they were flat at the plate and mound in a 7-2 defeat. Starter Edinson Volguez didn't have his best stuff with six runs plated on seven hits including a pair of homers in five innings. There was no rally in this one with the bats mustering four hits and walking three times with Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen driving in runs. Left hander Jeff Locke gets his first start of the 2014 campaign versus San Francisco. Locke faced the Giants once a season ago with three runs scored on five hits and four BB in four frames.
I don't know what is wrong with the Pirates but when a struggling team has run in to San Francisco the results have favored the Giants so I'm looking their way here...