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Pirates vs. Giants - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (65-54) at Pittsburgh Pirates (70-47)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Peavy (3-5) (4.18) vs. C Morton (7-4) (4.36)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -124 / San Francisco Giants +114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSBy/RTPT

The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates begin their series Thursday night.

The San Francisco Giants look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Giants have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Giants have lost five of their last eight when scoring three or less runs. Buster Posey leads San Fran with 133 hits and 78 RBI while Matt Duffy and Joe Panik have combined for 94 RBI. The San Francisco Giants have lost five of their last six road games. Jake Peavy gets the ball, and he’s 3-5 with a 4.18 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Peavy is 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA and 73 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Giants - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven. The Pirates have won 10 straight when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 123 hits and 78 RBI while Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have combined for 97 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five of their last six home games. Charlie Morton takes the hill, and he’s 7-4 with a 4.36 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Morton is 3-4 with a 2.84 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The Giants are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. National League Central and 2-6 in Peavys last 8 road starts. The Pirates are 43-16 in their last 59 games as a favorite and 7-1 in Mortons last 8 home starts. The Giants are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. 

The Pirates have been one of the tougher teams to beat at home, and the Giants haven't shown much on the road. I like Morton a lot more than Peavy, which makes Pittsburgh the pick here. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates -124

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