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MLB Betting: Pirates vs. Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates will head out to the west coast to begin an MLB betting series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

The Pirates send Charlie Morton (8-6, 3.80 ERA) to the mound on Monday night, with the club getting tagged with the loss in each of his past two starts and in five of his past seven trips to the hill.

View Pittsburgh vs San Francisco Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-185 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 6.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Giants - Pirates odds would favor the Giants if the lines were set according to our power ranks. San Francisco is rated No. 2 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 15 in the National League.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, San Francisco owns the No. 14 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.2 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 13 in the same category at 8.2 per game.

San Francisco owns the National League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's National League No. 7-rated defense.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 7-3 loser as they battled the Padres at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Padres at -111 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 7-3 to San Diego on Sunday at PNC Park.

San Francisco won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Phillies on August 7. San Francisco looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Phillies, a 3-1 final on Sunday in support of Tim Lincecum at AT&T Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing San Francisco are 5-5
After playing San Diego are 2-8
After a loss are 1-9

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


A few Pirates at Giants trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
Pittsburgh is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing San Francisco
San Francisco is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
San Francisco is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of San Francisco's last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, Tuesday, August 9

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