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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Friday April 19, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates -116 / San Francisco Giants -105
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The San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game one of their three game set from PNC Park in MLB action on Friday night.

The San Francisco Giants will look to rebound after dropping the finale of their series with Washington by a final score of 4-2 on Thursday. Evan Longoria went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI while Erik Kratz added an RBI and a double of his own to round out San Fran’s scoring in the losing effort. Tyler Austin and Gerardo Parra each had a base knock as well in the defeat as San Francisco cranked out just five hits as a team in the loss. Drew Pomeranz took the loss, falling to 0-2 after allowing all four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out seven over 4.2 innings of work. Madison Bumgarner will start game one and is 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bumgarner is 3-4 with a 2.84 ERA and 42 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep the momentum going after sweeping the Detroit Tigers following a 3-2 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Colin Moran and Josh Bell each had RBIs while Adam Frazier chipped in a double. Starling Marte, Melky Cabrera and JB Shuck each chipped in base hits as Pittsburgh had six hits as a team in the win. Trevor Williams gave up two runs on six hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Burdi got the win to improve to 2-1 this season while Felipe Vazquez picked up his 5th save of the season. Jordan Lyles will start game one and is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lyles is 3-3 with a 5.85 ERA and 35 strikeouts against San Francisco.

San Francisco is 1-5 in Bumgarner’s last 6 starts and 7-22 in their last 29 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NL Central. Pittsburgh is 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 home games against a left-handed starter. San Francisco is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

MadBum and a low line has been tempting in the past when Bumgarner was an ace quality pitcher. However, I’m one of the belief that Bumgarner hasn’t gotten his mojo back, and even though he picked up a win in his last start, the Giants still haven’t been a team worth backing much this season. Pittsburgh has been a big surprise out of the gate, as the pitching has been solid, including Lyles who has allowed just one run in 11 innings this season. There’s also the fact that Pittsburgh had an extra day to rest while San Fran played a game in Washington, so I’ll lay the juice with Pittsburgh to draw first blood on Friday.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Pirates -116

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