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Pirates visit San Francisco Giants in MLB clash

Pittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco Giants
Aug 10, 3:45 PM | GrassAT&T Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants Odds

55-60TEAM RECORD64-53

The Giants get a visit from the Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Jeff Karstens, with a record of 7-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Giants trot Jonathan Sanchez to the mound in this one. He is 4-6 so far in 2011.

View Pittsburgh vs San Francisco Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Giants were listed as -150 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Giants sit at No. 2 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at a National League No. 15 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Francisco's No. 16-rated National League offense, averaging 3.5 runs per game, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 7 in the National League at 4.1 in runs allowed per game. The Giants have averaged 8.2 hits per game so far, almost the same as Pirates batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. San Francisco, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the National League at home, scoring 2.8 runs per game.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-0 loser on the road against the Giants. Bettors on San Francisco at -174 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Pirates were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the San Francisco staff and losing 6-0 to the Giants on Tuesday at AT&T Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing San Francisco are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9

San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few Pirates at Giants trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
Pittsburgh is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco's last 6 games at home
San Francisco is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Friday, August 12
San Francisco at Florida, Friday, August 12

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