Matt Moore (7-8, 3.99 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (66-51) meet Ryan Vogelsong (1-2, 2.67 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (59-56) in the first of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 15 and will air on CSBA and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Moore pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out seven and walking five in a 2-0 loss to the Marlins. Hunter Pence (.274, 33 Rs, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Pirates were also unsuccessful the last time Vogelsong pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing two runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking one in a 4-0 loss to the Padres. Starling Marte (.316, 63 Rs, 7 HRs, 39 RBIs, 40 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one stolen base.
San Francisco is a -145 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Giants have a winning record of 48-26 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +309. The Giants will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, San Francisco has only averaged 3.2 runs per game compared to the 4.4 it's averaged on the season. The Giants rank fourth in the NL in hits with 8.8 per game. Don't expect the San Francisco hitters to swing wildly. They average an NL-low 7.0 strikeouts per game. As for the pitching staff, the Giants don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fifth in the league with a 1.220 WHIP.
On the other side, the Pirates have a record of 25-26 when they are the underdog and are -51 overall with the money line. Pittsburgh is a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in the MLB with 88 stolen bases.
The Giants are 3-1 against the Pirates this season. The Giants will take on a right-hander (Vogelsong) in this game and have a 42-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Pirates will be the left-hander Moore. Southpaw starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport a 16-8 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, San Francisco is 24-18, while Pittsburgh is 24-30.
The Pirates are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Giants have a 0-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 47-12. The Pirates have a 39-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 520 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top half with 523.
Ranking 11th, Pittsburgh is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 376 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 432.
The Giants are 42-24 when they hit at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 41-25 record.