Gerrit Cole (7-2, 2.11 ERA) takes the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates (26-24) as they meet Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 4.24 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (30-22) in the first of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 1 and will air on ROOT-PIT and CSN-BAY.
Vogelsong is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA, 33 strikeouts and nine walks against the Pirates in his career. Brandon Belt (.306, 25 Rs, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Giants, Cole is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA. He meets a strong San Francisco offense that's batting .272. Andrew McCutchen (.275, 28 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
San Francisco is a +110 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at six runs. The Giants perform well as an underdog with a 16-8 record and have an overall money line of +574. They have a perfect 3-0 record as the underdog over the past 10 outings to go along with a 6-4 SU record. The Giants rank second in the NL in home ERA with a 2.80 team average. The Giants are fifth in the NL in walks allowed with just 2.8 per game.
On the other side, the Pirates have a nice record of 21-13 when they are favored, but are -56 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 8-2 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 7-1 record. Pittsburgh has been playing better lately, averaging 5.6 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.2. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the lowest road ERA in the NL at 2.77.
The Giants will take on a right-hander (Cole) in this game and have a 22-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Vogelsong will take the mound against the Pirates, who have a 23-19 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
For the 12th time this season, the Pirates registered at least two errors in a game.
The Giants are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Pirates are 0-6 in such matchups.
Having scored one run 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 13-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 20-5. The Giants have a 25-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Pittsburgh has earned 208 this season. San Francisco ranks 13th with 214 runs.
Ranking 24th, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 123 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 14th with 154.
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.