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Giants at Pirates - 8/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (66-56) at Pittsburgh Pirates (72-47)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm (PNC Park)

R Vogelsong (9-7) (3.93) vs. F Liriano (8-6) (3.35)

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


The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates end their four-game series Sunday night.

The San Francisco Giants look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Giants have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six. The Giants have lost five of their last seven when scoring three or less runs. Buster Posey leads San Fran with 135 hits and 79 RBI while Matt Duffy and Joe Panik have combined for 94 RBI. The San Francisco Giants have lost six of their last eight road games. Ryan Vogelsong gets the nod, and he’s 9-8 with a 3.93 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. Vogelsong is 2-4 with a 3.55 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

Giants at Pirates - 8/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Pittsburgh Pirates look to remain hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight. The Pirates have won seven of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 125 hits and 61 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco have combined for 116 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight of their last 10 home games. Francisco Liriano takes the hill, and he’s 8-6 with a 3.35 ERA and 154 strikeouts this season. Liriano is 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The Giants are 17-8 in their last 25 during game 4 of a series and 5-11 in Vogelsongs last 16 road starts. The Pirates are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series and 10-1 in Lirianos last 11 starts. The Giants are 1-4 in Vogelsongs last 5 starts vs. Pirates. 

This is an important series for both teams and the games for most part have been pretty tight. I expect another hard played game with little scoring, which is why I'm siding with the under. 

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