St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants face off on Thursday at Busch Stadium for game one of their series. The Cardinals are -135 favorites over the Giants with an over/under run total set at 7.5
The St. Louis Cardinals continue to chase the Brewers in the NL Central but it seems when they get close they take a step backwards. The Cardinals are 15-9 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Wednesday. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .257 with Matt Adams hitting .325, Yadier Molina hitting .323, and Matt Holliday hitting .280. The St. Louis pitching staff has an ERA of 3.09 with the starters at 3.46 and the bullpen at 2.37. For game one against the Giants the Cardinals start Jaime Garcia who won in his last start. For the season Garcia has allowed 11 hits and six runs while striking out 12 over 12.2 innings for a 1-0 record and 4.26 ERA.
The San Francisco Giants have continued their strong play and somewhat quietly have the best recod in baseball. The Giants are 15-10 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Giants are hitting .245 with Angel Pagan hitting .324, Hunter Pence hitting .290, and Michael Morse hitting .285. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.09 with the starters at 3.46 and the bullpen at 2.37. For game one against the Cards the Giants start Ryan Vogelsong who has won his last two starts. For the season Vogelsong has allowed 51 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 46 over 56.1 innings for a 3-2 record and a 3.20 ERA.
St. Louis is 6-2 as a favorite, 10-4 in their last 14 games, and 5-2 in Garcia’s last seven starts. San Francisco is 6-1 in their last seven games, 6-2 in game one of a series, and 5-1 Vogelsong’s last six starts. San Francisco is 2-5 in their last seven games in St. Louis.
Expect defense to rule the day here and my pick is on the under.