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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Saturday April 20, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates -152 / San Francisco Giants +130
TV Channel
FS-1
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The San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from PNC Park on Saturday afternoon.

The San Francisco Giants will look to rebound after a 4-1 loss in the series opener on Friday. Buster Posey went 2 for 4 with the Giants’ lone RBI while Evan Longoria chipped in a double as San Francisco’s lone extra base hit in the loss. Steven Duggar, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Yangervis Solarte each logged a base hit to cap off San Francisco’s offense in the losing effort. Madison Bumgarner took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the year after allowing all four runs on six hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. Derek Holland will start game two and is 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Holland is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep the ball rolling after winning game one on Friday. Francisco Cervelli led the Pirates by logging a double and two RBIs while Pablo Reyes and JB Shuck each had an RBI to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring as the four run 1st inning was all that Pittsburgh would need for the win. Jung Ho Kang, Josh Bell and Erik Gonzalez each had a base hit as well in the victory. Jordan Lyles got the win to improve to 1-0 after throwing 5.1 shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out six. Felipe Vazquez struck out the side in the 9th for his 5th save of the year. Jameson Taillon will start game two and is 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. In his career, Taillon is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts against San Francisco.

San Francisco is 1-4 in Holland’s last 5 starts and 7-23 in their last 30 road games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. Pittsburgh is 5-1 in Taillon’s last 6 home starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 game two matchups. San Francisco is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

Taillon has had his ups and downs this season, but I’m willing to give him a pass as the majority of his starts have come on the road, and in his lone home start, Taillon gave up just one run in seven innings. Holland has been alright, but I still have issues trusting him on the road and I just have trust issues with the Giants as a whole. We cashed on the Pirates on Friday and I think we can make it two in a row on Saturday so I’ll lay the juice with Pittsburgh in this spot.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Pirates -152

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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