McCutchen Returns to Pittsburgh with San Francisco Giants

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

Under is 6-2 in San Francisco last 8 vs.

The Pirates totaled seven hits and a pair of bases on balls with Jordy Mercer and Gregory Polanco connecting on solo jacks.

Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, giving up three runs and six hits with four walks and six strikeouts. He does not have a win since April 15.

As a unit, Pittsburgh's pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall this season. Andrew McCutchen finished with two hits and two runs for the Giants. On the other hand, the Pirates have netted 0.6 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. Tallion hasn't had his best stuff in his two career starts against the Giants, serving up 13 runs (12 earned) in nine innings. They have yet to win a single game in Pennsylvania, and they only have one more chance to get a win. Joe Panik and Buster Posey both have three RBI's against Taillon. The 28-year old left fielder has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Pirates lineup this season, now featuring a.323 average with five home runs and 26 RBI's. The Giants have now lost six straight on the road, but they will return home on Monday.

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A few thoughts and observations about where the Pirates have been over the past few days and where they're headed ...

Giants hitters have slashed.248/.313/.387 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game this year, including 4.9 runs per game over the team's last 10 games and 2.4 per game over the team's last five contests (1-4 SU). San Francisco are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

I am taking the Pirates in this one. "They're looking for the ball up over the plate. What's it going to be like?' I don't know until I'm there and until I'm in the moment", McCutchen said. Furthermore, Taillon got back on track with a solid performance agains the Brewers last time out, and the Pirates have won five consecutive home games.

The Pirates entered Saturday fourth in the NL in homers with 46 in 39 games - for basis of comparison it wasn't until their 51st game last season that the Pirates reached 48 homers. Taillon left his outing on Friday after three innings. Before the series started Watson had an ERA of 0.57, and now it has jumped to 2.65.