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Pirates Giants Betting – Pirates In Tough To Rebound On Road Against Defending World Series Champions

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 8/8/2011 6:09:39 PM
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Nobody projected that the Pittsburgh Pirates would emerge from a suddenly stacked National League Central, so when the team was in the mix at the top of the division at the end of July, there were at least a handful of MLB betting skeptics anticipating a fall from grace. It didn’t take long for the Pirates to falter, as the team lost seven straight to fall that many games back of the Milwaukee Brewers heading into this past weekend. Things won’t get any easier this week as Pittsburgh travels to the Bay Area to take on the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants

Monday, 10:15 PM ET

Most sports betting fans are surprised when they find out that the Pirates are actually not that bad of a team on the road, as they have hovered around the .500 mark this season while struggling in front of the hometown fans. There is hope in Pittsburgh that their baseball team can find some solid ground at AT&T Park, and that it is not too late to pursue a division title. The Pirates will need results this week as they look to turn things around, beginning on Monday when they send Charlie Morton to the mound. Morton was brilliant in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs in which he went seven strong without allowing a single run, and this time it will be on the offense to help him out. That won’t be easy against Ryan Vogelsong, who is 9-1 with a 2.19 ERA.

MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco Giants

Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants

Tuesday, 10:15 PM ET

Pitching has been the Achilles heel for the Pirates all year, and it doesn’t get any prettier with James McDonald on the mound on Tuesday. McDonald was tagged for nine earned runs combined in consecutive losses during Pittsburgh’s losing streak, although he could go two games before that without allowing a run. Madison Bumgarner has been solid for the Giants all year with a 3.71 ERA, and is due for a win after going eight strong against the Philadelphia Phillies and not getting any run support from his offense.

MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco Giants

Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, 3:45 PM ET

By the time that Jeff Karstens takes the mound on Wednesday the Pirates will be desperate for a sports betting bonus win, and if he can handle the pressure the team might get exactly that as the 28-year old has been one of their better arms all year. Karstens has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since all the way back in April, so as long as the Pittsburgh offense can do some damage against Jonathan Sanchez on the mound for San Francisco, they should be able to avoid another embarrassing sweep and fall even further behind in the NL Central standings.



MLB Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates

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