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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants - 6/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (45-27) at Pittsburgh Pirates (34-37)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

J Samardzija (8-4) (3.14) vs. F Liriano (4-7) (4.91)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +107 / San Francisco Giants -117 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


On Wednesday at PNC Park, the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be continuing their MLB series.

This will be game three of a four-game set. In Monday’s opener, the Pirates eked out a 1-0 win. On Tuesday, the Giants plated seven runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 15-4 victory.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants - 6/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


We’ll be seeing right-hander Jeff Samardzija take the mound for the Giants on Wednesday. In his 14 starts and 8-4 record this year, Samardzija has managed a 3.14 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 94.2 innings. On Friday in a win over the Rays, Samardzija was great in a complete game, allowing just one run on four hits.

The Giants have a great crew in the meaty part of their order. Brandon Belt has put up 72 hits with 37 runs, 10 homers and 35 RBI. Matt Duffy holds 65 hits with 32 runs and 21 RBI. Duffy is currently out until after the All-Star break, however. Joe Panik is playing pretty well with his 66 hits, 41 runs and 31 RBI so far.

Lefty Francisco Liriano will be making the start for the Pirates on Wednesday. In 13 starts and a 4-7 record this year, Liriano has logged a 5.03 ERA with a 1.62 WHIP in 73.1 innings. On Friday against the Cubs, Liriano was beat up for four earned on six hits in 5.2 innings for his fourth straight loss.

The Pittsburgh batting order has gotten the team out of many a jam this year. Starling Marte heads the charge on 83 hits with 36 runs and 27 RBI. Josh Harrison has hit safely 72 times with 28 runs and 32 RBI. Andrew McCutchen has 10 homers, 18 RBI, 65 hits and 39 runs to his credit so far. Marte, Harrison and McCutchen combined to go 0-for-7 on Tuesday.

The Giants are 10-2 in their last 12 game threes of a series, and 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games. San Francisco is also 4-1 in Samardzija’s last five starts against a team with a losing record, and 8-3 in Samardzija’s last 11 starts overall.
As for the Pirates, they’re 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games, and 0-7 in their last seven game threes of a series. Pittsburgh is also 9-1 in Liriano’s last 10 starts against the National League West, and 14-3 in Liriano’s last 17 home starts.

I’m not thrilled with Liriano at all lately, so I’m going with Samardzija and the Giants in this one.

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