Major League Baseball Selection

By William Stephens, Contributing Editor
Final 2014 MLB Regular Season Record: 2-2; -20 units

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (88-74) AT PITTSBURGH (88-74), 8:07 PM (ET)
TV: ESPN
Madison Bumgarner (LHP) vs. Edinson Volquez (RHP)


The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates square off tonight in the winner-take-all National League wild card game. The two clubs met six times this year with the Pirates winning four out of the six. The teams' aces, Madison Bumgarner and Edinson Volquez, take the mound hoping they can lead their team to the second round of the playoffs.

Bumgarner has been fantastic this year, which shows in his 18-10 mark and a 2.98 ERA. The tall southpaw's only start against the Pirates in 2014 was arguably his worst - a four inning stint in which he allowed five runs with four coming in the first inning. If Bumgarner can find his recent form, it will be hard for the Pirates to get anything going since he's only allowed more than three earned runs once in his last ten starts.

Edinson Volquez has been one of the best pitchers in baseball lately, which shows by his astonishing 1.08 ERA during the month of September. Since the end of July, he has been able to pull his ERA down from 3.87 all the way to 3.04. The Dominican Republic native has a 10-3 record during night games with the Pirates and will surely attempt to continue that trend to advance his team into the next round.

Anyone tuning into tonight's game should expect a low-scoring pitcher's duel. Both Bumgarner and Volquez have been fantastic throughout the year while the pair have finished the season with some of their best games. Expect a tight game one or two batters needing to capitalize on some rare pitching mistakes if either team wants to score.

SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take under 6.5 runs at -105.

PITCHING TRENDS REPORT

Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98)
Lifetime record vs. opponent: 1-3, 3.24
2014 record vs. opponent: 0-1, 11.25
2014 Profit/Loss: +350

Edinson Volquez (13-7, 3.04)
Lifetime record vs. opponent: 2-2, 5.72
2014 record vs. opponent: 0-0, 0.00
2014 Profit/Loss: +593


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