Pittsburgh Pirates (59-56) at San Francisco Giants (57-58)
MLB: Thursday August 9, 2018 at 10:15 PM ET (AT&T Park)
Line and Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +124 / San Francisco Giants -134 OVER/UNDER 8
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants face off tonight in one of their most important four series games to determine who will be a National League playoff contender.
Headed to the mound tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates is right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova. This past Sunday against the Cardinals, Nova over four innings gave up four runs on eight hits. He allowed three walks and only struck out three. Since July, he has seen his 2018 season take a downturn. In 31 innings over his last six starts, Nova has a 5.81 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 17:10 K:BB. His 2018 overall season stats though stand at a 4.49 ERA, 6-6 win/loss, 85 SO, and a 1.34 WHIP. Important batting leaders who will need to back him up if the team has any hopes of winning tonight’s game are Gregory Polanco, and Corey Dickerson. Polanco currently leads with 19 home runs and 64 runs batted in, while Dickerson leads with a .314 batting average.
The San Francisco Giants have a pep in their step headed into tonight’s game. After coming off of a two-game sweep against the Houston Astros, the Giants are looking to maintain a winning spirit and beat the Pirates. Scheduled in the roster to take the mound tonight to get the job done for the Giants is left-handed pitcher Andrew Suarez. Tonight, the lefty will be making his second career start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’ll bring to the game a 4.60 ERA, 4-7 win/loss, 92 SO, and a 1.32 WHIP. The batting leaders who will be backing him up tonight are Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, and Andrew McCutchen. Belt leads with 14 home runs, Posey leads with a batting average of .292, and McCutchen leads with 46 runs batted in.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
5-1 ATS in last 6 games on the road against the San Francisco Giants
OVER in 4 of last 6 games on the road against San Francisco Giants
17-7 SU in last 24 games
San Francisco Giants
2-7 SU in last 9 games at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates
6-3 ATS in last 9 games against the Pittsburgh Pirates
1-7 ATS in last 8 games at home
Free MLB Prediction San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates
The last time Ivan Nova and Andrew Suarez were scheduled starters who both suffered losses was back in May during a three-game series against the Giants and Pirates. Suarez was bombed by the Pirates. They managed to get five runs and seven hits in four innings. It lead the team to winning 11-2. During Game 2, the Pirates were able to take the win 6-5, but the Giants came back in the series finale by flustering Nova. For tonight’s series opener, the predicted score sits at 4.4 for the Pirates and 4.7 for the Giants. The Moneyline Consensus is leaning 55% in the Pirates favor, while 45% is leaning in favor of the Giants. 70% of the Total Consensus is predicting the game to go over in favor of the San Francisco Giants winning. Despite what the Total Consensus might say, I predict the Pittsburgh Pirates will win tonight’s game.