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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (65-55) at Pittsburgh Pirates (72-47)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 4:05 pm (PNC Park)

C Heston (11-7) (3.34) vs. G Cole (14-7) (2.67)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -175 / San Francisco Giants +165 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants face off on Saturday at PNC Park for game three of their MLB series of post-season hopefuls.

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell behind early on Friday and never were able to catch up as they fell to the Giants. Andrew McCutchen, Michael Morse, and Sean Rodriguez each had two hits as the Pirates scored four runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Jeff Locke allowed 11 hits and six runs while striking out two over 5.0 innings to take the loss. For Saturday’s game the Pirates start Gerit Cole who has allowed 142 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 154 over 155.1 innings for a 14-7 record and a 2.61 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Francisco Giants bounced back from Thursday’s loss to beat the Pirates on Friday. Marlon Byrd and Madison Bumgarner each hit home runs and Nrichika Aoki had three hits as the Giants scored six runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner allowed six hits and three runs while striking out six over 6.1 innings to get the win and Santiago Casilla earned the save. For Saturday’s game the Giants start Chris Heston who has allowed 129 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 110 over 145.2 innings for an 11-7 record and a 3.34 ERA.

Pittsburgh is 44-16 as a favorite, 38-16 in their last 54 home games, and 37-16 in Cole’s last 53 starts. San Francisco is 7-3 in game three of a series, 2-7 in their last nine road games, and 7-3 in Heston’s last 10 road starts. San Francisco is 1-4 in their last five games against Pittsburgh.

Heston is having a huge year and as good as Cole has been I like Heston and the Giants here. 

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San Francisco Giants +145

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