Pirates crush Giants in McCutchen's return to Pittsburgh

Lynette Rowe
May 15, 2018

San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco is not in Sunday's lineup versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh games have a 19-13-5 over/under record so far in 2018. Suarez is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

Props to the Pirates for showing appreciation for the 31-year-old.

McCutchen worked a 3-0 count against Jameson Taillon before whiffing on consecutive pitches. He got a no-decision his last outing, Saturday at Milwaukee, when he gave up one run over five innings. Pittsburgh ranks sixth in the Majors with a.264 average against left-handed pitching, so I expect some runs against the lefty Suarez, and the over is 6-0 in their last six games against a left-handed starter.

Pirates: Ivan Nova (2-2, 4.84 ERA) lasted just two innings in his previous start on Tuesday in Chicago.

Through their 38th game on Friday, the Pirates ranked fourth in the NL with 46 home runs.

6-1 in Taillon's last 7 starts on five days of rest. In his past six games, he is hitting.400 (8 for 20).

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Dickerson had a minor decline in production against lefties at home in 2017, slashing.279/.308/.393 across 65 such plate appearances (his total season line was.282/.325/.490).

Giants: Derek Holland (1-4, 5.66 ERA) will look for his first road win in almost a year on Sunday.

Down 5-4 entering the eighth inning, center fielder Austin Jackson launched an RBI double off the top of the left field wall against former Giant George Kontos to even the score, but Jackson barley missed a home run that would have pushed the club ahead.

Like Bonds, McCutchen ultimately moved on to the San Francisco Giants.

The Pirates are now tied for second place in the NL Central, only a 1/2 game behind the Cardinals.

The Giants have lost 2.1 units and are 10-9 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in five of those games, as opposed to zero that've gone under. The three-run blast was the fifth hit by the Giants this season after the club hit just seven all of previous year. National League Central and over is 10-4 in San Francisco last 14 overall and over is 10-4 in San Francisco last 14 on grass.

Salvaging the final game of a three-game set and ending a losing skid before flying home was possible thanks to Holland, who turned in his best start of the year and pitched his way around leadoff base runners in three different innings.

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