Pirates vs. Giants - 6/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (44-26) at Pittsburgh Pirates (33-36)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
M Bumgarner (8-2) (2.01) vs. J Locke (5-5) (5.92)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +175 / San Francisco Giants -185 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a four-game series Monday night.
The San Francisco Giants look to build on their impressive eight-game winning streak. The Giants have scored 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last eight games. The San Francisco Giants offense is taking off lately, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Brandon Belt leads San Francisco with 69 hits, Denard Span has 24 RBI and Joe Panik has seven home runs. Madison Bumgarner gets the nod, and he’s 8-2 with a 1.91 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 2-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win in order to snap a tough five-game losing streak. The Pirates have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.36 and have lost 11 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 83 hits, Josh Harrison has 32 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 10 home runs. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 5-5 with a 5.92 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Locke is 0-1 with a 9.42 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
The Giants are 7-3 in their last 10 Monday games and 41-18 in Bumgarners last 59 starts. The Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games and 21-8 in Lockes last 29 home starts. The Giants are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Pirates have to win eventually, as there's too much talent to continue this ugly slump they're in at the moment. Locke pitches very well at home overall and the Pirates have had success against the Giants recently. I like the value of the big plus money with the home team here.