St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick

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The St. Louis Cardinals will be facing off against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Fox Sports Midwest will showcase this NL matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 4:05 p.m. ET.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants Odds

Vegas has listed St. Louis (+130) as the underdog to San Francisco (-140). Bettors are able to gamble on the games total with odds listed at -105 for over 7.5 runs and -115 for under 7.5. The games current runline odds sit at -170 for picking the Cardinals +1.5 runs and +150 for the Giants -1.5 runs.

The Cardinals have gone 46-42 SU this year and are 44-43 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.8 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Giants, on the other hand, are 46-45 SU and 49-41 ATS. The teams gained 8.1 units for moneyline bettors and 6.3 units ATS. San Francisco has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Giants games have an over/under record of 43-45-2 so far in 2018. St. Louis has been a decent under bet with a total record of 37-46-4.

The right-handed Jack Flaherty will get the start for the visiting Cardinals. Flaherty is 3-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 80 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Giants this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 11.25 ERA and six strikeouts over four innings).

The Giants are putting the ball in the left hand of Madison Bumgarner (1-3, 2.58 ERA), who’s got 30 strikeouts and 12 walks this season as well as a 1.12 WHIP. Bumgarner only made one start against the Cardinals in 2017 (0-1, 7.50 ERA and five strikeouts across six innings).

St. Louis pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.46 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.02 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.02, along with a WHIP of 1.23 and a K/9 of 8.61.

The Cardinals offense has slashed .244/.317/.400 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game this season, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez have led St. Louis offense. Ozuna is slashing .275/.317/.401 with 10 home runs, 46 RBIs and 35 runs scored, while Martinez (.291/.356/.478) has produced 13 homers, 52 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

For the home team, San Francisco’s pitchers have given up 4.4 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 4.28 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 8.5 K/9.

The San Francisco offense is putting up 4.0 runs per contest, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 1.6 per game over its last five. The team has hit .168/.213/.219 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford and outfielder Andrew McCutchen have paced the Giants batters this year. Crawford is hitting .300/.365/.482 with 10 home runs, 39 RBIs and 39 runs scored, while McCutchen’s line is .258/.342/.420 with nine homers, 38 RBIs and 47 runs.

The Cardinals have lost 3.0 units and are 11-11 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 12 of those games, as opposed to 10 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Giants have netted 6.3 units and are 31-24 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 24 of those games, compared to 29 that’ve gone under.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Giants, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • St. Louis has recorded 17 extra-base hits over its last five contests. San Francisco has four XBH over its last five.
  • The Cardinals have won three of their last four games SU.
  • The St. Louis defense has allowed nine errors over the last 10 games, compared to four errors for San Francisco over its last 10.
  • The Cardinals have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.