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Giants vs. Pirates - 8/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (61-56) at San Francisco Giants (66-53)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm (AT&T Park)

I Nova (9-6) (4.68) vs. M Cain (4-7) (5.47)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -125 / Pittsburgh Pirates +105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTPT/CSBA

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to sweep the San Francisco Giants Wednesday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Pirates have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has caught fire as of late, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 130 hits, Josh Harrison has 46 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has 16 home runs. Ivan Nova gets the nod, and he’s 9-6 with a 4.68 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. Nova is 1-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

Giants vs. Pirates - 8/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Francisco Giants could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Giants have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 14 games. The San Francisco Giants have an ERA of 3.71 and have lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Denard Span leads San Francisco with 115 hits, Brandon Belt has 61 RBI and Brandon Crawford has 11 home runs. Matt Cain takes the hill, and he’s 4-7 with a 5.47 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Cain is 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 Wednesday games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Giants are 18-8 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series and 2-6 in Cains last 8 starts with 4 days of rest. The Giants are 6-2 in Cains last 8 starts vs. Pirates.

Nova has been really sharp ever since being traded from the Yankees, while Cain has allowed four or more runs in three of his last five outings. Also, the Pirates are one of the hotter teams in baseball right now and their offense is crushing. Hard not to like Pittsburgh and the plus money. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates +105

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