Game 2 of Pirates vs. Giants Series to be a Low-Scoring Affair

Darin Zank

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:21 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 12:21 PM GMT

Pittsburgh extended Frisco's losing streak to five games with a 5-0 victory Monday night, giving us a double winner with our free MLB picks on the game. We're greedy, so we'll shoot for more of the same on Game 2 of this series Tuesday night (10:15 pm ET).

Tuesday's Betting Odds
As of Tuesday AM San Francisco and Tim Hudson could be gotten at -113 at Heritage, while Pittsburgh and Francisco Liriano (Francisco pitching in Frisco!) were getting +109 at Pinnacle. And most shops were listing the total at 6.5 runs.

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Monday Re-Hash
Pittsburgh posted a four-spot in the first inning Monday night, added one more in the second, then watched as starter Vance Worley tossed a four-hit shutout for a 5-0 victory. The Pirates won as +145 dogs on Monday's MLB betting line, and the game stayed 'under' its total of 6.5 runs because nobody scored after the second inning.

We backed the Pirates with a free MLB pick Monday mainly because that's where the value on the betting line resided, and we took the 'under' because Worley had been doing some decent work, and the Giants are having trouble scoring runs. We were a little nervous with the 'under' after the first inning, but Worley came through, as did the San Francisco bullpen, which threw five innings of shutout ball.  

The Giants have now scored a total of eight runs over their last six games.

 

Twirling Tuesday
Hudson (8-7, 2.65) is 14/19 on quality starts this year, and four for his last five. Last Thursday he held Philly to two unearned runs through six innings, and just before that he held Miami to one run through 7 1/3 innings.

On the season Hudson has allowed 128 hits in 132 innings, walked just 21 and struck out 87. San Francisco is 12-7 in Hudson's starts.

In his one start this year against the Pirates back in May Hudson held them to one earned run and five hits through 8 2/3 innings of a heartbreaking 2-1 Giants loss.

Liriano (2-7, 4.18) is just 4/17 on quality starts this year, in part because he's gone at least six full innings so few times. But he's been fairly effective since coming back from a month on the DL with a strained oblique. Last Wednesday he held the Dodgers to one run through seven innings, and just before that he limited Colorado to one unearned run through five innings.

For the season Liriano has allowed 79 hits in 88 innings, walked 47 and whiffed 93. Pittsburgh is 9-8 in Liriano's starts.

Last year Liriano started twice against the Giants, giving up eight runs and 17 hits in 10 innings; both those games played 'over' the totals.

 

Free Pick for Tuesday
We give Hudson the advantage in the pitching match-up, but San Francisco just isn't scoring any runs at the moment. So I'm thinking this will be a low-scoring affair we'll go with the 'under' 6.5 runs, at the +108 offered at Pinnacle, for our free MLB pick on Tuesday's contest

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