The San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros meet up today in matinee Major League Baseball action. The game is scheduled for a 3:40 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on MLB.tv as well as locally in both markets. Currently the odds for the game have the Giants favored to pick up the win at home in this one.
A pair of 60-win teams take to the field this afternoon in the finale of this short, two-game series. San Francisco won 3-1 last night as Madison Bumgarner out-dueled Scott Kazmir in front of a packed house, giving the Giants their 60th win of the season. This afternoon Chris Heston gets the baseball for the Giants, he's 11-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 22 starts. Heston's ERA is almost two full runs lower at home thanks to the spacious park, but he's only 5-4 in 11 starts.
Heston has allowed opponents to hit .253 against him in 70 innings at home, overall Astros are hitting just .063 against him in 32 plate appearances. Only Jason Castro (home run) and Jake Marisnick (single) have hits against him during that span.
The Astros are going to counter with Scott Feldman as they look to pick up their 62nd win on the year. Feldman is 4-5 with a 4.46 ERA but hasn't picked up a win since a 4-1 victory over the Orioles back on May 26. Since that time Houston has dropped three of his last four starts although Feldman has only factored into the decision once, a 7-6 loss to Texas on July 18. Feldman's most recent start saw him win at Oakland, a 5-4 victory where he threw six innings and allowed two earned runs on a pair of solo homers.
Feldman's road ERA is better than two full runs better on the road this season compared to home. He's 2-1 in six starts, opponents are hitting .236 against him in that time. Current Giants are hitting .271 in 48 plate appearances, Hunter Pence has five hits (three doubles) in 11 at bats. Nori Aoki has three hits (two doubles) as well in 12 at bats.
Today we're taking the Giants to get it done.
Free Pick: Giants
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