Pirates vs. Giants Free Pick
The Giants are struggling but they’ve also been a good bet coming off a loss. They’ll host the Pirates tonight at 10:15PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Giants are -145 money line favorites versus the Pirates, who have odds of +130 to pull off the upset tonight in San Francisco. With Ryan Vogelsong set to face Matt Moore in the pitching matchup, the over/under for tonight’s game currently sits at 7.5 runs.
PITTSBURGH: The Pirates have won seven in a row versus left-handed starters, are 4-0 in their last four road games versus a team starting a lefty, and are 4-0 the last four times they play the first game of a series. But they’re 4-9 in their last 13 road games and have lost six of eight following a win.
SAN FRANCISCO: The Giants are just 5-5 over their last 10 games after blowing a 7-1 lead to the Orioles in an 8-7 loss on Sunday. They’re also 7-15 in their last 22 games versus a right-handed starter, are 3-8 in their last 11 home games versus a righty, and are 1-8 in their last nine games during the opener of a new series.
OUR PICK: Despite the Giants’ recent struggles and the Pirates’ solid play, Pittsburgh has been a bad bet with Vogelsong on the hill. The Pirates are 1-5 in his last six starts, are 1-8 in his last nine road starts versus a team with a winning record, and are 3-14 in Vogelsong’s last 17 starts versus a team with a winning record. There’s a chance that Vogelsong will be fired up to beat his former team but that could also work against a pitcher. The Giants know him and as long as their bullpen doesn’t blow another game, they should win tonight. They’re 5-0 in their last five games coming off a loss.
MONDAY MLB FREE PICK: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS -145