San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 21, 2024

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May 21, 2024 6:13 AM
The San Francisco Giants, led 2-1 in the regular season series, travel to PNC Park to face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:40 PM. The Giants, with a 23-25 overall record and 8-15 road record, look to capitalize on the Pirates' struggling 9-12 home record. The Pirates, sitting at 22-26 overall, aim to turn their fortunes around in front of their home crowd.
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Giants vs Pirates starting pitchers

  • Martin Perez for Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Logan Webb for San Francisco Giants

Giants vs Pirates statistics

Stat Giants Pirates
Hits 395 (12th) 367 (21st)
Batting Average .247 (8th) .226 (27th)
Runs Batted In 187 (18th) 171 (27th)
Runs 197 (19th) 180 (Tied-27th)
Home Runs 42 (22nd) 45 (Tied-18th)
Walks 147 (Tied-19th) 172 (Tied-5th)
Stolen Bases 16 (30th) 26 (Tied-18th)
Strikeouts 378 (19th) 451 (4th)
Pitches 6913 (17th) 7312 (4th)

Pittsburgh Pirates recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/19/24 @ Chicago Cubs W 3-2
5/18/24 @ Chicago Cubs L 1-0
5/17/24 @ Chicago Cubs W 9-3
5/16/24 @ Chicago Cubs W 5-4
5/15/24 @ Milwaukee Brewers L 10-2

San Francisco Giants recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/19/24 vs Colorado Rockies W 4-1
5/18/24 vs Colorado Rockies W 14-4
5/17/24 vs Colorado Rockies W 10-5
5/15/24 vs Los Angeles Dodgers W 4-1
5/14/24 vs Los Angeles Dodgers L 10-2

Giants vs Pirates predictions

As the San Francisco Giants prepare to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, I'm expecting big things from Thairo Estrada, who's been on a tear lately. I think he'll continue his hot streak, racking up at least two hits and an RBI or two. Meanwhile, Matt Chapman is due for a power surge, and I predict he'll go deep for a home run tonight. And with Logan Webb on the mound, I'm confident he'll limit the Pirates' offense to just a couple of runs, scattering a few hits and striking out around five or six batters.

On the other side, the Pirates will be relying on Oneil Cruz to spark their offense, and I think he'll deliver with at least a double and a run scored. Connor Joe is another player who's been playing well lately, and I predict he'll reach base a couple of times and score a run. Meanwhile, Martin Perez will need to be sharp if he wants to outduel Webb, and I think he'll do just enough to keep his team in the game, giving up around three runs in five or six innings of work.

In the end, I think the Giants' stronger lineup and Webb's dominant pitching will be too much for the Pirates. I predict a 4-2 Giants win, with Estrada and Chapman leading the way offensively and Webb shutting the door in the late innings. The Pirates will keep it close, but ultimately, the Giants' superior talent will prevail.

Pittsburgh Pirates injuries

  • Bubba Chandler (DH): Day-To-Day
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes (3B): 10-Day-IL
  • Cristofer Melendez (SP): Out
  • Enmanuel Terrero (OF): Day-To-Day
  • Ryan Borucki (RP): 15-Day-IL

San Francisco Giants injuries

  • Rayner Arias (CF): Out
  • Vaun Brown (OF): Day-To-Day
  • Will Bednar (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Trevor Mcdonald (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Nick Ahmed (SS): 10-Day-IL

Giants vs Pirates game info

Venue PNC Park
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First pitch Tue 6:40 PM
Temperature 70°
Chance of Rain 0%

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