Pirates starter Jeff Karstens has allowed two runs or less in 13 of his past 17 starts.

Pittsburgh Pirates Go for Series Win Over Giants Behind Jeff Karstens

The San Francisco Giants are a puzzle to me.   The offense is what it is, but damn – the pitching is mind-boggling.  Maybe it’s the Mad Burn hangover, but it looked effortless for the Giants’ left-hander last night.  Whiff, whiff, whiff, down looking, whiff…  it was ugly stuff from the Pittsburgh Pirate hitters.

The Pirates will face Jonathan Sanchez today, and I like their chances.  Sanchez is struggling, but hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 14.1 innings against the Bucs.

But still, we look for the road warriors to steal a win and get out of San Francisco with their heads up (but still struggling to make contact).

We feel confident for one reason.  The Zombie heads to the bump this afternoon.  He got roughed up as usual by the Padres in his last start.  But the combination of the Giants sucking with runners in scoring position – I mean, absolutely sucking – and Karstens’ insane strand rate tell me that something has to give and the game is winnable.

And one more thing that I probably shouldn’t mention, but will anyway.   Jeff Karstens knows a little bit about giving up solo home runs.  The Giants know a thing or two about hitting them, as they have 18 straight homers that are solo shots.  It’s been since the beginning of July since the Giants have hit a multi-run home run.  Let’s trust that jinx continues this afternoon in Babylon by the Bay.

The last thing we want is the Zombie to be thrown around again, well, kinda like in this video:

 

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