Monday’s Best Bet: Pirates vs Giants Free MLB Pick
Pirates vs Giants Free MLB Pick by: Dennis Mathews of BetSheet.com
59-56, 3rd National League Central
The Pirates enter tonight’s opener versus the Giants with some serious momentum on their side. Pittsburgh has won three of its last four games, including yesterday’s 11-3 drubbing of the Dodgers.
Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound for the Bucs intonight’s game. Vogelsong pitched 5 years in San Francisco and won 2 World Series championships during this span.
Vogelsong has started just four times this season and twice in August. In his last two starts, he’s pitched well, allowing just one earned run (three overall) in 12 innings. He’s also allowed just six total hits in his last two starts, but he’s received little run support, as the Pirates lost both starts.
Pittsburgh has won 3 of the last 4 games but they need to start stringing together wins and winning series. They have no shot at winning the NL Central, 13.5 games behind Chicago, but they are 1.5 games behind the 2nd Wild Card spot.
66-51, 1st National League West
San Francisco has not won two straight games since July 30-31 but they are somehow still in first place in the National League West. They’ll send left-hander Matt Moore to the mound to find a way to overcome yesterday’s terrible loss to the Orioles.
The Giants give the ball to Matt Moore (7-8, 3.99 ERA) tonight in the series opener. Moore is making his first-ever start at AT&T Park. He’s pitched well in his two starts since being acquired from the Rays, surrendering just two runs and piling up 14 K’s in 12 innings during that brief stretch.
Moore’s stats are a bit deceiving considering he pitched well for the Rays but received little run support and as a result he had 7 no decisions earlier this season.
Pirates vs Giants Prediction by Dennis Mathews
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“I expect both pitchers to throw well tonight. Vogelsong is comfortable pitching in AT&T Park and has started 85 times as a member of the Giants. Moore is making his home debut as a new member of the Giants and should be very motivated to pitch lights out in his new home park. I give the edge to the Giants and Moore at home”.
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