Giants Aim For Consecutive Series Sweeps in Pirates Finale

Jay Pryce

Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:40 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 2, 2017 4:40 PM UTC

Jeff Samardzija and the Giants, after shocking the Rockies mid week, are aiming for their second consecutive series sweep on Sunday following two wins in Pittsburgh. Trevor Williams gets the honors for the Pirates. Pick and betting preview this way.

San Francisco Giants (32-51)

The Giants enter the second half of the season en fuego, expanding a MLB-best five-game win streak following a 2-1 win over the Pirates Saturday. Manager Bruce Bochy's men needed 11 innings for the victory, which may be a good sign for San Francisco fans. The team is 7-3 following an extra-inning contest in 2017, all but one starter putting in a quality effort next time out. The Giants can earn their second three-game series sweep of the season with a win. 

Jeff Samardzija looks to impress on Sunday. The veteran right-hander is 3-9 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts. Outside of a disastrous outing in a 10-8 loss at the hitting-friendly Coors Field three starts back, Samardzija has been on point since June 1. He's allowed 9 earned runs on 22 hits in 27 innings in four other appearances.

The Giants, whose 3.95 runs per game is better than just the Phillies (3.83) and Padres (3.64), have supported Samardzija with very little. When up against opponents scoring more runs on the year, San Fran is 7-17 overall in his career. The club has lost 42 percent of one's investment at -108 average odds in this spot. The lineup averages just 3.17 runs per contest. The Pirates cross the plate 4.26 times per game entering Sunday.


Pittsburgh Pirates (37-44)

The Pirates have played one game over .500 all season and find themselves eight games back of a winning record after Sunday. Another defeat will make it three straight, a streak Pittsburgh has sustained just four times this year. Two of those came via three-game sweeps by the Cardinals and Dodgers. A loss today will make it a third.

Trevor Williams gets the nod for skipper Clint Hurdle. The groundball specialist is 3-3 with a 4.82 ERA. Williams began the season as a long reliever, but entered the rotation full-time in mid May. The right-hander has earned a no-decision in seven of his last eight starts and has pitched more than six innings twice all season.

The Pirates are 6-5 all-time behind Williams as a starter, returning 13 percent profit at +113 average odds. Seven times have been as an underdog where Williams and the bullpen allow 5.71 runs per game.

Pittsburgh is one of 11 teams in the bigs to score fewer runs at home than on the road. Only the Padres (3.69) and Giants (3.45) score less than the Pirates' 3.80 per game at PNC Park. The roster has scored 4 runs or less in 23 of 41 contests, going 8-15 overall.


Final Analysis

Williams tends to let weaker hitting clubs get the best of him. In six career starts against foes crossing the plate less than 4.8 times per game, he and the staff allow 7.00 runs on 11.0 hits on average. Williams has yet to reach the sixth inning in any. The UNDER, meanwhile, is a perfect 7-0 when Samardzija squares off against a team scoring fewer than 4.9 runs per game this season. He and the pen allow 3.57 runs per game, gifting 4 or fewer in all but a pair. Look for an improving Giants lineup to finally give the veteran some help. Giants break out the brooms. S.F. -146 is the MLB pick.

Free MLB Pick: Giants -146Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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