NLDS Wild Card Betting Odds Pit Giants Vs. Pirates

NLDS Wild Card Betting Odds Pits Giants Vs. Edinson Volquez & the Pirates

NLDS Wild Card Betting Odds Pit Giants Vs. Pirates

The 2014 National League Wild Card contest between the Pittsburgh Pirates and visiting San Francisco Giants looks like it’s going to be a memorable affair between two evenly matched teams that both have hopes on winning the 2014 World series, even if neither is favored to do so.

Thanks to this expert MLB betting breakdown on Wednesday’s matchup, you’re going to have a great opportunity to cash in with a potentially winning wager, so let’s get started.

San Francisco Giants (88-74) at Pittsburgh Pirates (88-74)
When: Wednesday, Oct. 1 
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Time: 8:07 PM ET

National League Wild Card Betting Analysis

The Pittsburgh Pirates (88-74, 74-79 O/U, 86-76 RL) may have lost their regular season finale on Sunday night and a chance to win the NL Central division title, but no matter, the Bucs are still my pick to win and cash in against the San Francisco Giants (88-74 SU, 76-76 O/U 82-80 RL) when they meet for their NL wild card showdown on Wednesday.

"It’s disappointing," catcher Chris Stewart said. "At the same time, we can’t really hang our heads. We faced a great pitcher. Yes, we would have liked to win the division, but we’re still in the playoffs and still have a chance to win the World Series."

San Francisco will hand the ball to talented southpaw starter Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98 ERA) in his contest and that’s not a bad thing seeing as how the left-hander has gone 1-1 with a solid 2.66 ERA over hi s last three starts. Bumgarner did get smacked around for four earned runs in six hits in 7.1 innings of a 4-2 loss to L.A. on Tuesday, but had given up just six earned runs over 34.0 innings spanning his previous four starts combined.

The Gants average 4.10 runs per game (12th) while ranking 10th in team batting average (.255) and 17th in home runs (132). Defensively, San Francisco ranks 10th in team ERA (3.50) but also ranks in the middle or bottom third in the league in almost every other meaningful defensive statistical category.

Unfortunately for the Giants and Bumgarner, they’re going to be facing an even more impressive starter when they face Pittsburgh’s gifted right-hander Edinson Volquez (13-7, 3.04 ERA).

Volquez has gone 2-0 with a jaw-dropping 0.43 ERA over his last three starts. After allowing one earned run in seven innings against Chicago on Sept. 14, Volquez did not give up a single run in a pair of identical seven-inning outings against Milwaukee and Atlanta in his next two starts. Volquez has an impressive 21 strikeout in his last 21.0 innings pitched.

Volquez has allowed only four earned runs and 16 hits in his last five starts at PNC Park, a span that covers 34.2 innings.

"To pitch that game (wild card) would be something really big for me," said Volquez.

The Pirates are ranked 10th in runs per game (4.21), fifth in team batting average (.259) and sixth in home runs (156) while also ranking eighth in team ERA (3.49).

The Pirates won the regular season series 4-2 and have compiled a near-perfect 6-1 record in their last seven games against a left-handed starter.

While the San Francisco Giants have racked up a discouraging 2-6 mark in their last eight road games against the Pirates while also going 1-4 in the L/5 meetings overall, Pittsburgh has managed to go 4-1 in Edinson Volquez’s last five starts as a home starts and a blistering 12-5 in Volquez’s last 17 starts overall.

My National League Wild Card Betting Prediction: Pirates 5 Giants 1