With less than 2 months to go in the MLB regular season, time is running out for the teams currently sitting outside the playoff spots. Things are particularly tough in the National League, as there are a ton of teams all still clamoring for those precious playoff places. The Wild Card race is particularly fun to watch in the NL, and while both the Pirates and the Giants are still part of the chasing pack, it is probably fair to suggest that their 4-game MLB series this weekend may become an elimination series of sorts. If either of these two teams can pick up 3 or 4 wins, they will edge ever closer to the playoffs, while the loser will almost certainly be pushed to the brink of elimination. The chances of either of these two closing the gap and getting in are perhaps slim at best, but a great performance here could keep the playoff dream alive for one of them. The question now is who will take that opportunity and run with it.

MLB Series Pittsburgh Pirates Vs San Francisco Giants, Betting Analysis 1

Game 1

🏆: Pittsburgh Pirates Vs San Francisco Giants
⚾: Ivan Nova vs Andrew Suarez
🏟️: AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
⏰: Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 10:15p ET
📺: ATPT, NSBA
🎰: San Francisco Giants -1½ +160 | -134 | O 18 -110

Game 2

🏆: Pittsburgh Pirates Vs San Francisco Giants
⚾: Trevor Williams (R) vs Derek Holland (L)
🏟️: AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
⏰: Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 10:15p ET
📺: ATPT, NSBA
🎰: TBA

Game 3

🏆: Pittsburgh Pirates Vs San Francisco Giants
⚾: Joe Musgrove (R) vs Undecided
🏟️: AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
⏰: Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 9:05p ET
📺: ATPT, NSBA
🎰: TBA

Game 4

🏆: Pittsburgh Pirates Vs San Francisco Giants
⚾: Jameson Taillon (R) vs Dereck Rodriguez (R)
🏟️: AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
⏰: Sun, Aug 12, 2018,v 4:05p ET
📺: ATPT, NSBA
🎰: TBA

 

MLB SeriesThe Pittsburgh Pirates pulled themselves right back into the playoff picture at the start of the second half of the season, winning 8 of 11 games. August has not been so kind to them, though, as they are just 2-4 in their last 6 and in need of a win against Colorado on Wednesday to avoid dropping another series. Losing that series would not be a good start to a road trip that will see them go through San Francisco and Minnesota. That said, if they can pull out the win in that final game against the Rockies, they will go into those next two series thinking they have a shot against a pair of teams that are certainly there for the taking. Pittsburgh took 2 of 3 from the Giants at home earlier in the season but are 2 games below .500 overall on the road. Prior to the start of their Wednesday game, they are 5 games out of the Wild Card.

MLB Series Pittsburgh Pirates Vs San Francisco Giants, Betting Analysis 2

MLB SeriesThings are slowly starting to unravel for the Giants after it looked for a moment as though they might be able to drag themselves back into the playoff picture. Their most recent problems have all come down to a complete inability to drive home runs. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games, a stretch where they only managed 11 total runs. The unfortunate thing is that they have not been awful on the defensive side of things and are actually in the top 10 in quality starts from their starting rotation. It is the bullpen that has routinely been the issue, just as it was against the Astros on Tuesday when they gassed a lead late in the game. At 6 ½ games out of the Wild Card, this is probably done or die for the Giants.

MLB Series

MLB SeriesPittsburgh outscored the Giants by an average of about 6 runs to 4 in their 3 previous meetings, and I think they can go in and shut this team down over the weekend. I think the Pirates can take 3 of 4 and keep their Wild Card hopes alive.

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