San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

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The San Francisco Giants will be facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. This NL matchup will begin at 2:15 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Midwest to catch the action.

San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Oddsmakers are listing St. Louis (-190) as the favorite over San Francisco (+180). The total is sitting at 7.5 runs and gamblers can wager on the over for -115 and the under for -105. You can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at -125 for the Giants +1.5 runs and +105 for the Cardinals -1.5.

The Cardinals are 86-69 straight up (SU) and 81-73 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 4.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.8 units (ATS). St. Louis has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Giants have gone 72-83 SU this year and are 84-70 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 2.3 units for moneyline gamblers, but have gained 8.6 units ATS. San Francisco has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

St. Louis games have had an over/under record of 73-75-6 in 2018. The Giants have been a solid under bet with a total record of 64-84-6.

The left-handed Andrew Suarez is projected to start for San Francisco. Suarez is 7-11 with a 4.24 ERA and 125 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cardinals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Cardinals will turn to righty Miles Mikolas (16-4, 3.01 ERA), who has 132 strikeouts and 29 walks to his credit as well as a 1.12 WHIP. Mikolas did not pitch in the majors in 2017.

San Francisco’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.97 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.14 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.61, along with a K/9 of 8.87.

The Giants offense has slashed .241/.305/.372 on its way to 3.8 runs scored per game this season, including 2.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

San Francisco’s offensive production has been sparked by shortstop Brandon Crawford and right fielder Andrew McCutchen. Crawford is hitting .256/.323/.393 with 13 home runs, 52 RBIs and 60 runs scored, while McCutchen is hitting .255 with 15 homers, 55 RBIs, 65 runs and 13 stolen bases.

In the home-team dugout, St. Louis’ pitchers have yielded 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starting pitching staff has a 3.48 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.28 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.4 K/9.

The St. Louis offense has put up 4.7 runs per contest, including 5.1 per game over its last 10 games and 6.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .274/.352/.480 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez have led the Cardinals’ hitters this year. Ozuna is slashing .279/.322/.432 with 22 home runs, 85 RBIs and 67 runs scored, and Martinez’s line is .302/.361/.449 with 16 homers, 80 RBIs and 61 runs scored.

The Giants have lost 3.5 units and are 51-43 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 36 of those games, compared to 54 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cardinals have netted 3.3 units and are 23-21 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over’s hit in 26 of those games, compared to 17 that’ve gone under.

San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in three of San Francisco’s last seven games.
  • The Cardinals have won five of their last six games SU.
  • San Francisco has recorded 19.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.2 over its last five.
  • The Giants have hit four home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.