Chris Heston (5-3, 3.82 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (30-23) meet A.J. Burnett (5-1, 1.81 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (27-24) in the second of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Pirates won the last game 4-3 and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and will air on ROOT-PIT, CSN-BAY and MLB.
In his most recent outing, Heston pitched 7.1 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-0 victory over the Braves. Brandon Belt (.305, 25 Rs, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs. In his career against the Giants, Burnett is 6-3 with a 2.04 ERA. He meets a strong San Francisco offense that's batting .271. Andrew McCutchen (.278, 28 Rs, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two RBIs.
San Francisco is favored by a slight -107 margin in its matchup against Pittsburgh. The matchup currently has a six-run Over/Under (O/U). The Giants are 14-14 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +574. The Giants rank fourth in the NL in home ERA with a 2.92 team average. The Giants don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the NL with only 2.8 walks allowed per game.
On the other side, the Pirates have a subpar record of 5-11 when they are the underdog and are -163 overall with the money line. Pittsburgh has been playing better lately, averaging 5.4 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.2. Switching gears to Pittsburgh's pitching staff, they have the second-lowest road ERA in the NL at 2.90.
The only other game between the two teams went Pittsburgh's way. The Giants will take on a right-hander (Burnett) in this game and have a 22-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Pirates will be the right-hander Heston. They sport a 23-20 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Pirates won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Giants are 10-6. The Pirates are 7-10 in close games this season.
The Giants are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Pirates are 0-6 in such matchups.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Giants have a 12-10 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 19-5. The Giants have a 25-5 record when outhitting opponents.
San Francisco and Pittsburgh both rank in the top half of the league in runs. San Francisco sits at 13th with 217 runs this season and Pittsburgh ranks 15th with 212.
Ranking 22nd, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 125 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 14th with 156.
When the Giants hit at least one home run, they are 20-9. When the Pirates hit at least one homer, they have a 17-12 record.