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Pirates vs. Giants - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (65-55) at Pittsburgh Pirates (71-47)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

M Bumgarner (14-6) (2.98) vs. J Locke (6-7) (4.31)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +129 / San Francisco Giants -139 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSBy/RTPT

The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates play game two of their series Friday night.

The San Francisco Giants look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Giants have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Giants have lost four of their last six when scoring three or less runs. Buster Posey leads San Fran with 134 hits and 78 RBI while Matt Duffy and Joe Panik have combined for 94 RBI. The San Francisco Giants have lost seven of their last nine road games. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he’s 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 174 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 1-3 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Pirates vs. Giants - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Pirates have won 11 straight when scoring more than three runs. Andrew McCutchen leads Pittsburgh with 123 hits and 78 RBI while Starling Marte and Neil Walker have combined for 108 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last eight home games. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 6-7 with a 4.31 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. Locke is 0-0 with a 8.68 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The Giants are 26-8 in their last 34 during game 2 of a series and 6-1 in Bumgarners last 7 starts. The Pirates are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Lockes last 5 starts. The Giants are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. 

The Pirates are simply on fire, especially at home. While Bumgarner is the better pitcher in this matchup, he has no success against Pittsburgh in his career. I'll gladly take the plus money herw with the hot home team. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates +129

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