San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/24/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (49-48) at San Francisco Giants (38-61)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
G Cole (7-7) (4.18) vs. M Cain (3-8) (5.40)
The Line: San Francisco Giants +131 / Pittsburgh Pirates -141 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: NSBA, ATPT
Headed our way on Monday from AT&T Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants will be kicking off their MLB series.
Pittsburgh is fresh off a weekend set against the Rockies. The two teams split the first pair of games, then on Sunday the Pirates lost 13-3.
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Pittsburgh will be relying on RHP Gerrit Cole for the start on Monday. In his 120.2 innings and 7-7 record this year, Cole has a 4.18 ERA with 108 Ks and 27 BBs.
The Pirates have some solid hitters on board this year. Coming out of the week, Andrew McCutchen brought 102 hits, 61 runs, 17 homers and 57 RBI, while Josh Harrison had 97 hits, 45 runs, 11 homers and 32 RBI. On Sunday, Harrison had three hits and a run; McCutchen whiffed 0-for-3.
As for the Giants, they’re coming off a series versus the Padres. San Francisco lost the first two games but won 5-4 on Saturday. In the Sunday game, the Giants lost 5-2.
The Giants will be going with RHP Matt Cain on Monday. In his 96.2 innings and 3-8 record this year, Cain has a 5.49 ERA with 40 BBs and 58 Ks.
The Giants have some key hitters as well. Buster Posey led the way coming out of the week with 97 hits, 42 runs, 11 homers and 40 RBI; Joe Panik had 89 hits, 39 runs and 30 RBI. In Sunday’s game, Posey had a hit and an RBI; Panik didn’t play.
The Pirates are 4-1 in their last five Monday games, and 4-0 in Cole’s last four road starts. Pittsburgh is also 6-1 in Cole’s last seven starts and 1-6 in Cole’s last seven Monday starts.
Meanwhile, San Francisco is 4-0 in their last four games versus the National League Central and 1-4 in their last five during game one of a series. The Giants are also 3-7 in Cain’s last 10 starts and 7-20 in Cain’s last 27 starts during game one of a series.
Cole has been solid since giving up seven earned on 10 hits in 5.1 innings against the Giants back on June 30. In his three starts since then, he’s surrendered a total of five earned in 19.0 innings. As for Cain, He’s given up a total of 11 earned in his last three starts, a span of 18.1 innings. This is probably a game to stay away from, but I like Cole to bounce back here from his last performance against SF, so I’ll take the Pirates for the win.