The San Francisco Giants are on the road tonight in Major League Baseball action, taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. Currently the odds for the game have the Pirates favored by a comfortable margin in this one to pick up the win.
Pittsburgh has already taken two of the first three games in this series, tonight's game will be on ESPN Sunday night baseball as the Pirates look to finish up the series with a win. They'll be sending one of their best to the mound in Francisco Liriano, a veteran lefty that has thrown well this season.
Liriano is 8-6 on the season with a 3.35 ERA, but his starts at home have not been the best. In 13 home starts this season Liriano has a 4.23 ERA and a 3-4 record, but he has struck out 93 over 76 2/3 innings of work. Opponents are hitting only .219 against him as well at PNC Park, making the numbers a bit mis-leading.
Current Giants are hitting .288 against Liriano in 80 plate appearances, nobody has homered. Marlon Byrd and Buster Posey both have five hits.
The Giants, who are just a game and a half back in the National League West despite their recent losses to Pittsburgh, will be sending veteran Ryan Vogelsong to the mound. He's 9-8 with a 3.93 ERA this season and his numbers away from home show an ERA of 4.73, a record of 6-6 and opponents are hitting .265 against him. Vogelsong has started 11 games on the road but also has seen time in five outings from the bullpen.
Current Pirates are clubbing a .297 average against Vogelsong in 101 plate appearances. Aramis Ramirez has two home runs and nine hits off Vogelsong. Neil Walker has eight hits in 19 at bats (.421) to lead the way offensively. Vogelson threw six innings against Pittsburgh earlier this season, giving up three earned runs in a loss.
Tonight we like the Pirates.
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