In the third of a four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates (72-47) and the San Francisco Giants (65-56) at PNC Park, Gerrit Cole (14-7, 2.61 ERA) and Mike Leake (9-6, 3.52 ERA) get the ball. The Giants won the last game 6-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and will air on CSBy and FS1.
In his most recent outing, Cole pitched 6.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. Jung Ho Kang (.287, 47 Rs, 10 HRs, 42 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Giants were unsuccessful to the Rangers 2-1 the last time Leake pitched. He went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two. Brandon Belt (.273, 57 Rs, 17 HRs, 58 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Pittsburgh is a -175 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Pirates perform well as a favorite with a 56-27 record and have an overall money line of +1,645. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games.
Across the field, the Giants have a record of 30-27 when they are the underdog and are +354 overall with the money line. The top road hitting team in the NL are the Giants, who average 9.6 hits in games away from home. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the San Francisco pitchers. They've allowed 2.5 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 3.8.
The previous four games have all gone Pittsburgh's way. The Pirates will take on a right-hander (Leake) in this game and have a 59-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Cole will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 49-45 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Pit, O/U - Over
Pittsburgh won its last game in a shutout, its 11th of the season. San Francisco has been shut out 11 times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Pirates are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 16-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Pirates have a slight leg up on the Giants, as the Pirates have won their last three games while the Giants have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 57-9. The Pirates have a 51-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total runs this season, Pittsburgh ranks 13th with 509 runs and San Francisco is 11th with 522.
Ranking 21st, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 318 this season. San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 330.
The Pirates are 47-23 when they hit at least one home run. The Giants perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 43-23 record.