Add Giants +154 to MLB Picks as Pitching History Favors Road Dog

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, August 22, 2015 1:51 PM GMT

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 1:51 PM GMT

We preview the game between San Francisco and Pittsburgh on Saturday. Can the Giants Mike Leake continue with his recent mastery of Pittsburgh? Will Gerritt Cole be able to finally record his elusive 15th win today? Read this insightful betting preview article in order to find out.

Matinee Affair between two NL Playoff Contenders
The Giants and Pirates square off at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The first pitch is slated for 4:05 PM ET. Each team has won a game in this series. San Francisco was a 6-4 winner last night, and Pittsburgh took the series opener 4-0 on Thursday. Friday’s win by San Francisco was their first in five tries versus Pittsburgh in 2015.

Starting Pitchers
Former Cincinnati Red and now San Francisco Giant Mike Leake will get the starting assignment today. Leake has displayed superb form during his previous five starts, evidenced by an excellent 0.99 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in those outings. Leake is 3-0 in his team starts versus Pittsburgh this season with a 2.18 ERA. All of those starts came with a Cincinnati Reds uniform on. Leake was especially tough in his two starts at PNC Park where he compiled a 1.20 ERA.

The Pirates Gerritt Cole’s whole body of work has been outstanding in 2015. After all, he’s 14-7 in 24 starts with a stellar 2.67 ERA. However, Cole has struggled during his previous four starts, posting a lofty 4.70 ERA, and opponents are hitting a robust .300 against him in those outings. Ironically this will be the fourth time Cole will be opposed by Mike Leake this season, and the Pirates have gone 0-3 in the previous three.

 

Marlon Byrd is a Pirates Killer in 2015
Newly acquired Marlon Byrd made a splash in his first game with the Giants on Friday. In his first at bat as a member of the Giants, Byrd smashed a home run. Success against the Pirates has been nothing new for Byrd this season. He’s hitting .361 with 6 home runs and 14 runs batted in during 14 games against Pittsburgh. That also includes going 6-for-11 (.546) with two home runs when facing Gerritt Cole.

Not convinced? Another Capper also predicts the upset here.

Final Analysis
The Giants championship pedigree goes a long way in a tough road series such as this one. The combination of Leake’s success at PNC Park, and Cole’s recent struggles, provides a good amount of money line betting value. I’m going to side with the road underdog for one of my MLB picks on Saturday. According to current MLB betting odds, they provide us with a favorable money line price.

MLB Pick: Play the Giants +154 at 5Dimes

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