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Visiting Team is Lighting up the Betting Board in Bucs-Giants Series

Since the break, the Pirates have been one of the best teams in the bigs. They’ve gone 7-3 straight up in contests after the Midsummer Classic and are facing another favorable matchup with a three-game set against the 38-62 Giants next on the Bucs’ docket. Gerrit Cole (7-7, 4.18 ERA) will take the hill in the series opener to go head-to-head with Matt Cain (3-8, 5.49 ERA).

  • The Pirates are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games with Gerrit Cole as the starting pitcher.
  • The visiting team is 9-0 SU and on the runline in its last 9 games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Pirates’ 10 games since the all-star break.

What version of Gerrit Cole will we see today? The one who strikes out 10 batters or the one who allows seven earned runs? There’s been basically no middle ground for the fifth-year fireballer and the last time he faced this lineup, it was the latter version of Cole who showed up and he was shelled by an anemic Giants offense.

Still, the Pirates are the road faves tonight on the moneyline and they’ll probably receive the majority of the public money.

Given the trends, that makes a lot of sense – but consider this. Matt Cain has been a significantly better pitcher in the Bay Area and his ERA is five full runs lower at home than it is on the road. The Giants are an interesting play at their price.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting oddsmakers, including BetOnline, opened the San Francisco Giants as 131 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. OVER/UNDER total bettors saw the number open at 8 at shops such as Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.7-4.8 victory for the Pirates. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

San Francisco (38-62) will face the 49-50 Pirates in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Francisco vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates odds would favor the Pirates if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. San Francisco is rated No. 24 in the current OddsShark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 12.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the San Francisco Giants and its No. 29-rated batting order, averaging 3.91 runs per nine innings, against the No. 25 lineup of the Pittsburgh Pirates at 4.25 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the No. 12-rated road mark, allowing 4.43 runs per game on the highway. San Francisco, on the other hand, rates No. 30 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh was scored on plenty on Sunday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 13-3 loss to Colorado.

San Francisco suffered a 5-2 loss against San Diego on Sunday, as Ty Blach wasn't able to lead his team to victory at AT&T Park.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games
  • Pittsburgh is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
  • San Francisco is 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games
  • San Francisco is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of San Francisco's last 12 games
  • San Francisco is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at San Francisco, Tuesday, July 25