2019-09-12 14:45:00 EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants meet Thursday in MLB action at Oracle Park.
The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Starling Marte leads the Pirates with 159 hits and 82 RBI while Bryan Reynolds and Josh Bell have combined for 291 hits and 182 RBI. Joe Musgrove gets the ball, and he is 9-12 with a 4.67 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. This will be Musgrove’s second career game against the Giants.
The San Francisco Giants need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Giants have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The San Francisco Giants have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Kevin Pillar leads the Giants with 143 hits and 79 RBI while Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria have combined for 214 hits and 118 RBI. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he is 10-11 with a 3.64 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 6-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 100 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. National League West, 7-19 in their last 26 Thursday games and 1-5 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series. The Giants are 4-10 in their last 14 Thursday games, 2-9 in their last 11 vs. National League Central and 2-9 in Samardzija’s last 11 home starts. The Pirates are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in San Francisco and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 5-2-1 in Giants last 8 overall. The over is 10-3-1 in Pirates last 14 road games.
Musgrove has allowed 40 hits and 23 earned runs in his last 33 innings, and he has a 3.97 ERA and .255 allowed batting average on the road. Samardzija has allowed 14 hits and nine runs in his last 11.1 innings, and he has a 3.66 ERA and .227 allowed batting average at home. I’ve had a hard time figuring out these two teams in this series and it’s often tough this time of year between two teams that have nothing to play for. I’ll give the Giants the edge because they’re at home and Samardzija has had one of his better seasons in recent memory and has been at his best by far at home.