MLB Picks: San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

The San Francisco Giants (21-11) and Pittsburgh Pirates (12-20) will continue a National League series at PNC Park Tuesday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET

San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 

The San Francisco Giants have won 10 of their last 11 games
The San Francisco Giants have won 10 of their last 11 games

San Francisco has won six games in a row, including a 11-10 victory over Pittsburgh as -104 road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in six contests.  The Giants have 29 runs and 52 hits in their last three games at this normally pitcher-friendly ballpark, which has played a part in going OVER the total in its last five road games versus Pittsburgh.  San Francisco is 5-2 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson (4-1, 2.17 ERA) has won back-to-back outings, including a 3-2 home victory over the Padres last time out, as he allowed two runs and five hits over 8.2 innings of work.  The right-hander is 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA in his two road outings—issuing not a single walk and striking out 11 batters in 14.2 frames.  In 13 career starts versus the Pirates, Hudson has compiled a 6-6 record and 3.40 ERA.

Pittsburgh has dropped back-to-back games by allowing 18 runs in that span, with the OVER cashing in his last five contests.  The Pirates entered last night’s game with a six-game hitting streak—going 9-for-25 with four RBI during the streak.  Alvarez launched a three-run home run in the series opener.  Pittsburgh is 24-21 as a home underdog of +100 to +125 the last two-plus seasons.

Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (0-4, 4.21 ERA) has dropped four consecutive efforts, including a 5-1 road defeat to the Baltimore Orioles last time out, as he allowed four runs (two earned) and seven hits over 5.1 innings of work.  The right-hander is 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA in three home outings, with opposing hitters batting .246 against him.  In nine lifetime efforts versus the Giants, Morton has gone 3-4 with a 2.86 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 10-1 record in their last 11 overall games.

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