Giants vs. Pirates - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (60-56) at San Francisco Giants (66-52)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Jameson Taillon (3-2) (3.00) vs. J Samardzija (10-8) (4.23)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -116 / Pittsburgh Pirates +106 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants play game two of their series late Tuesday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has picked up recently, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 127 hits, Josh Harrison has 46 RBI and Jordy Mercer has eight home runs. Jameson Taillon gets the nod, and he’s 3-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. This will be Taillon’s first career game against the Giants.
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The San Francisco Giants could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Giants have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last seven games. The San Francisco Giants have an ERA of 3.68 and have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Denard Span leads San Francisco with 111 hits, Brandon Belt has 61 RBI and Buster Posey has 12 home runs. Jeff Samardzija takes the hill, and he’s 10-8 with a 4.23 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 4-4 with a 2.79 ERA and 77 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 6-1 in Taillons last 7 starts. The Giants are 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games and 1-4 in Samardzijas last 5 starts. The Pirates are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Francisco.
The Pirates are back to playing great baseball and are slowly finding themselves back in the thick of the wild card race. Meanwhile, the Giants continue their second half struggles and have lost six of Samardzija's last eight starts. I'll take the plus money with the team that's playing better.