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#903 San Francisco Giants 7 vs.
#904 Pittsburgh Pirates -140
Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 1:35pm EDT
Written by David Hess



#903 San Francisco
#904 Pittsburgh


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The National League West meets the National League Central as the San Francisco Giants battle it out with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final game of a three-game series. This contest has a start time of 1:35 pm ET and will take place at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. The Pirates have won the first two games of this series.

Pitching Matchup: Dereck Rodriguez (2-2, 3.63 ERA) will take the hill for the Giants and the Pirates will counter with Chris Archer (1-0, 2.00 ERA).

Skid Hits Four With Loss On Saturday

The San Francisco Giants are struggling at the moment as they come into this game having lost their last four games in a row and as a result, they have fallen to 8-14 on the year and into the basement 0f the National League West. The Giants are expected to struggle this year and it has played out that way so far. On Saturday, they fell in game two of this series by a score of 3-1. the game went just five innings as it was called due to rain. Steven Duggar drove in the lone San Francisco run. Derek Holland took the loss after allowed three ERs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven in 5 innings of work. he is now 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA on the year.

Toeing the slab for the Giants will be Dereck Rodriguez and he has gone 2-2 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts on the year, including 2q-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts on the road. In his career, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 games (nine starts on the road and 3-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) in the daytime. Rodriguez faced the Pirates once in his career (last year) and he won that game at home by a score of 4-3. He allowed just one ER on two hits and a walk while striking out four in 7.0 innings of work in the contest.

The Giants have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up 2.91 rpg, while also ranking 28th in hitting at .206 and 28th in homers with 15. On the mound, they have been strong as they rank 7th in the league in ERA at 3.28, while also ranking 4th in WHIP at 1.13 and 6th in K’s with 195. Their pen ranks 1st in ERA at 2.33.

The Pirates Are Rolling

The Pittsburgh P{irates have surged ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central Division. They currently lead the Brew Crew by a full game and after winning the rain-shortened game on Saturday, they have now reeled off five wins in a row. Since a 10-0 loss to the Cubs, the Pirate pitching has been dominant as they have allowed just 2.22 rpg over their last nine games. They have not allowed more than three runs in a game in each of those last nine. The Pirates will look to keep it going against a struggling San Francisco offense in this one. Jung Ho Kang (3) launched a solo homer and Cole Tucker (1) ripped a two-run dinger to provide the offense in the win. It was Tuckers 1st MLB game. Grabbing the win was Jameson Taillon, who allowed just one ER on four hits and a walk while striking out three in 5.0 innings of work. He is now 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA on the year.

The Pirates will be handing the ball to Chris Archer in this one and he has gone 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts on the year. Archer missed his last start due to a five-game suspension for his part in an altercation with the Nats. In his career, he has gone 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA in seven starts here at PNC Park and 11-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 31 starts during March/ April, plus 19-22 with a 3.48 ERA in 72 games (70 starts) in the daytime. Archer has gone 0-2 with a 4,85 ERA in two starts against the Giants in his career.

Pittsburgh has been rather poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 24th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.67 rpg, while also ranking 21st in hitting at .233 and 27th in homers with 15. On the mound, they have been very strong as they rank 1st in the league in ERA at 2.52, while also ranking 2nd in WHIP at 1.03 and 20th in K’s with 173. The pen for the Bucs ranks 9th in the league with a 3.58 ERA.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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Chris Archer has struggled in two career starts against the Giants, but I will look for him to have a good showing in this one. He has a 2.00 ERa on the year and will be facing a San Francisco offense that is one of the worst in the league. The Giants have produced just 3.00 rpg on the road, while Pittsburgh has put up a more respectable 4.29 rpg here at home. The Giants are 7-24 in their last 31 road games, while the Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series. Take Pittsburgh in this one.

Prediction: Pittsburgh -155

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This game features two offenses that are not that good against two pitching staffs that have been among the best in the league in the early going. Dereck Rodriquez has a 2.70 ERA on the road and the best pen in the league behind him. Chris Archer has a 2.00 ERA on the year overall and a pern that ranks 9th in the league. The Giants have averaged just 3.00 rp[g on the road and the Pirates have averaged just 3.60 rpg over their last 10 games. The Under is 8-2-1 in Rodriguez’s last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 18-6 in Pittsburgh’s last 24 during game three of a series.

Prediction: Under 7

Written By David Hess

I have always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so I combined the two to become a handicapper and a blogger. I love sports and I love writing about them and all the info I put in my blogs is well-thought-out and well-researched. I am a big fan of all the major sports and the colleges, plus I know golf pretty well, tennis and the WNBA. I am very versatile. Hope you enjoy my content.