The Pittsburgh Pirates (27-27) will take on the San Francisco Giants (28-27) in a rubber match on Wednesday afternoon. Check out our MLB odds series as we give you Pirates-Giants predictions and also tell you how to watch.
The Pirates are hitting .231 in this series. Jack Suwinski and Tucupita Marcano each had three hits. Suwinski had two home runs, both hitting in the same game at McCovey Cove (the first to do so since Barry Bonds). Connor Joe’s second home run for the Pirates in two games played. Pittsburgh’s ERA increased slightly after game one, but he allowed only one run in game two. He has walked 11 batters while striking out only 12 in 17 innings.
The Giants had five different players with three hits in the series while four players had two. Austin Slater and Patrick Bailey each had home runs in the series, and they each had four RBIs. A strong performance in the game propelled the Giants to a .315 batting average. On the mound, the Giants had a 2.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in two games. He has just two runs in 18 innings pitched and his bullpen has allowed two runs in essentially 11 innings pitched. San Francisco has been pitching the ball really well in this series.
Mitch Keller and Alex Wood are the starting pitchers for this game.
here are the pirates-giants mlb odds, Courtesy of FanDuel.
MLB Odds: Pirates-Giants Odds
Pittsburgh Pirates: -1.5 (+164)
San Francisco Giants: +1.5 (-200)
Overs: 8 (-105)
Under: 8 (-115)
How to watch Pirates-Giants
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MLB TV Subscription
Time: 3:45PM ET/12:45PM PT
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Why pirates can cover up the spread
Mitch Keller has been the Pirates this season. He has thrown 68 2/3 innings on the season and has struck out 85 while walking just 16. He also only gave up 54 hits. Keller had a 3.01 ERA and 1.02 WHIP on the year. The Pirates are 8-3 when Keller takes the mound for them, so he gives them a great chance to win every game. Keller has a 2.45 ERA in the month of May and includes giving up six runs in six innings in his last start.
Keller ranks really well in average exit velocity, hard hit percentage, xERA and xBA. He’s a tough matchup for opposing hitters and he keeps them off balance by throwing a solid mix of five pitches and the occasional sixth. If he can play well, the Pirates will cover the spread.
Why the Giants Can Cover the Spread
The Giants have a solid pitcher on the mound in Alex Wood. He has allowed more than two earned runs in his outing just once this season. He’s not one who usually goes deep into games, but the Giants could really use a five- to six-inning performance on a Wednesday afternoon. San Francisco is 5-2 in games in which Alex Wood pitches, so he’s always competing at attrition. If he can perform well, the Giants will keep this game close.
Predictions and Selections of the Ultimate Pirates-Legends
This game should be very close. There are two solid pitchers on the mound and they will be competitive. Expect a low scoring contest with the Giants covering the spread.
Final Pirates-Giants Predictions & Picks: Giants +1.5 (-200), Under 8 (-115)