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MLB betting line favors Giants over Pirates

Pittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco Giants
Aug 22, 10:15 PM | GrassAT&T Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants Odds

74-52TEAM RECORD56-70

The visiting Pirates hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at AT&T Park against the San Francisco Giants.

Jeff Locke gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Pirates on this day; he's 9-4 on the season. The Giants, meanwhile, will counter with Matt Cain, who will be looking to improve on his 8-8 mark.

View Pittsburgh vs San Francisco Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Giants as -119 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 6.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 7-rated Giants and the league No. 6-ranked Pirates, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Francisco's No. 13-rated National League offense, averaging 3.8 runs per game, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 2 in the National League at 3.5 in runs allowed per game. The Giants have averaged 8.9 hits per game so far, more than Pirates batters have averaged on the year (8.3 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 3.7 runs per game on the highway. San Francisco, on the other hand, rates No. 15 in scoring at home.

Pittsburgh was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Padres. They lost as -128 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors. Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 2-1 to San Diego on Wednesday at PETCO Park.

San Francisco was a 12-1 loser in its last match at home against the Red Sox. They lost as +150 underdogs, while the total score of 13 made winners of OVER bettors. San Francisco was scored on plenty on Wednesday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 12-1 loss to Boston.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing San Francisco are 4-6
After playing San Diego are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Pirates at Giants trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing San Francisco
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Francisco
Pittsburgh is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Francisco's last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
San Francisco is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, Friday, August 23