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San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/26/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (50-51) at San Francisco Giants (39-63)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm (AT&T Park)

Trevor Williams (4-4) (4.84) vs. J Samardzija (4-11) (5.05)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -122 / Pittsburgh Pirates +112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NSBA, ATPT

The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants meet Wednesday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates need a victory here in order to get back to a .500 record. The Pirates have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last five games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost four of their last five games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Josh Harrison leads the Pirates with 104 hits and 33 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer have combined for 192 hits and 104 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.74 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Williams’ second career game against the Giants. 

San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/26/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Francisco Giants could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Giants scored 11 runs in Tuesday’s win and five or more runs in four of their last seven games. The San Francisco Giants have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Buster Posey leads the Giants with 103 hits and 44 RBI while Eduardo Nunez and Joe Panik have combined for 184 hits and 64 RBI. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he is 4-11 with a 5.05 ERA and 138 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 5-4 with a 2.91 ERA and 87 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. National League West and 2-5 in Williams' last 7 starts. The Giants are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central, 1-4 in Samardzijas last 5 home starts and 2-6 in Samardzijas last 8 starts. The over is 5-0-3 in the last 8 meetings in San Francisco.

The Pirates pitching staff has been getting blasted recently, but Williams has been decent in his last several games, allowing three or less earned runs in six of his last seven games. Samardzija has given up a combined 16 earned runs in his last 17.1 innings and is allowing a .279 batting average at home. I have to take the Pirates and the plus money here as more of a fade from the Giants and Samardzija. 

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