Start Time: August 09 2018, 10:15 PM
The San Francisco Giants look like a solid home favorite here when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates for the opener of a four-game series.
Ivan Nova (6-6, 4.49 ERA) will take the ball for Pittsburgh. The right-hander was tagged with four runs on eight hits and four walks in just four innings against St. Louis his last time out. Nova owns a 5.40 ERA on the road (compared to a 3.55 ERA at home) and gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Giants back in May.
Andrew Suarez (4-7, 4.60 ERA) will take the ball for San Francisco. He’s coming off his worst start of the season when he gave up eight runs in five innings of a 9-3 loss at Arizona, but note that the left-hander has posted a solid 3.64 ERA in nine home starts on the season.
Giants are 6-2 in Suarez’s last 8 starts vs. a team with a winning record. Pirates are 6-23 in their last 29 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
Free pick: San Francisco Giants.
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