Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli homered, and the Pirates matched a season high with their fifth consecutive victory, beating the San Francisco Giants, 6-5, on Saturday. This NL showdown begins at 7:05 p.m. ET and fans can catch it on both ATPT and NSBA. The total sits at eight runs and bettors can take the over for -105 or the under for -115. Posey has four hits in five at-bats against the right-handed starter. The Giants have an over/under record of 19-18.
Andrew Suarez will make his fourth start of the season, targeting his second straight win.
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Dybala threatened early and broke through early in the second half after an Alex Sandro cross but the goal was disallowed because the Argentina striker was offside.
Taillon is 0-3 in five starts since his gem April 8, when he threw a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts against Cincinnati. Taillon has 30 punchouts and 11 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.28. Tallion was sharp in his previous outing, limiting the Brewers to one run in five innings, finishing with the no decision in a game the Pirates lost. Before the series started Watson had an ERA of 0.57, and now it has jumped to 2.65. In his past six games, he is hitting.400 (8 for 20). An elusive opportunity to hold a lead presented itself for the Giants in the third inning when Brandon Crawford delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to score Andrew McCutchen.
McCutchen got off to one of his typical slow starts - he's hitting.250 (40 points below his career average) with a.757 on-base-plus slugging percentage, three homers and 14 RBIs - but has heated up lately.
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Compared to his total season slash line of.279/.363/.486, McCutchen didn't seem to enjoy batting against righty pitching on the road in 2017, maintaining a slash line of just.225/.300/.392 over 247 such plate appearances. The Giants have been outscored 35-9 in his losses.
The Pirates are now tied for second place in the NL Central, only a 1/2 game behind the Cardinals.
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 12: Chad Kuhl #39 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on May 12, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The over has hit in five of those games, as opposed to zero that've gone under. His team-leading eighth home run of the year halved the deficit, and former Pirate Alen Hanson evened the game at 2-2 with a one-out solo shot into the right field bleachers. The three-run blast was the fifth hit by the Giants this season after the club hit just seven all of previous year.