Cardinals vs. Giants, 05/19/17 - Preview & Prediction

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#959 San Francisco Giants
vs.
#960 St. Louis Cardinals

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San Francisco Giants (17-25 SU, 17-25 RL, 19-21-2 O/U) vs St Louis Cardinals (21-17 SU, 20-18 RL, 23-13-2 O/U)

When: 8:15 PM EDT, Friday, May 19, 2017

Where: Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri

Lines: St Louis -145/ San Francisco +135

Total: 7.5

Major League Baseball action on Friday night and the San Francisco Giants will square off with the St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in game one of their three-game series. The Giants have won five of their last six games, while the Cardinals have taken eight of their last 11 games. Pitching Probables: The Giants will send out Matt Moore in this one and the Cardinals will counter with Michael Wacha.

Giants Continue To Struggle Against Kershaw

It really was a rough start for the Giants and while they are still eight games under .500 for the year so far, they have won five of their last six games. In their last series, they faced the Dodgers at home and they won two of the three games in that series. The game they lost was the finale and it was against Clayton Kershaw, which was no surprise as he has dominated them in this park in his career. The Giants lost that game 6-1 and their lone run came from an Eduardo Nunez in the bottom of the 9th. It was his first of the year and it came off Sergio Romo. Against Kershaw, they could muster just three hits in seven innings. Kershaw is now 12-4 with a 1.29 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) in his career against the Giants here at AT&T Park. The Giants will trot out Matt Moore in this one and he has gone 2-4 with a 5.67 ERA in eight starts this year, including 0-3 with a 10.50 ERA in four starts on the road. Moore has gone 6-6 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 career starts during the month of May, while against the Cardinals in his career he has gone 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in one start.

The Giants have been a very poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up just 3.38 rpg, while also ranking 27th in hitting at .231 and 30th in homers with 33. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they come in ranked 21st in the league in ERA at 4.39, while also ranking 21st in WHIP at 1.35.

Cardinals Get Swept By The Red Sox

The St Louis Cardinals came into their series against the Red Sox having won eight of their previous nine games, which included taking two of three at home against the Cubs. Well, they could not hold that momentum as they faced the Red Sox in a brief two-game series at home and lost both games. Their offense had averaged 6.11 rpg in their previous nine games, but all they could put up was just seven runs in the two games against the Sox. They look to get back on track in this one and that is a distinct possibility as Matt Moore has really struggled for the Giants so far. The Cardinals have now gone 11-11 here at home for the year, but they have averaged just 3.86 rpg in those games. Michael Wacha will toe the rubber for the Cardinals in this one and he has gone 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in six starts on the year, including 2-0 with a 2.94 ERA in four starts here at home. Wacha has gone 5-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 21 career starts during the month of May and he is 18-8 with a 3.61 ERA in 51 games (45 starts) here at Busch in his career, while against the Giants in his career he has gone 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts,

The Cardinals have been a below average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 18th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.53 rpg, while also ranking 10th in hitting at .260 and 24th in homers with 41. On the mound they have been very good as they come in ranked 3rd in the league in ERA at 3.60, while also ranking 12th in WHIP at 1.30.

Trends

San Francisco is:

  • 16-45 in their last 61 road games vs. a team with a winning record
  • 3-13 in their last 16 road games vs. a right-handed starter

St Louis is:

  • 13-3 in Wacha’s last 16 home starts vs. a team with a losing record
  • 36-16 in their last 52 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30

The Giants come in off a hard-fought series against the Dodgers and they did take two of the three games in that series, while the Cardinals just lost both games at home to the Red Sox. This is not a good pitching matchup for the Giants as Matt Moore has a 10.50 ERA on the road, while Wacha has a 2.94 ERA at home, plus Michael is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his four career starts against the Giants. The Cardinals also have a big edge on offense, especially of late as they have averaged 5.20 rpg in their last 10 games, while the Giants have averaged just 3.70 rpg over the same stretch. I look for the Cardinals to get back on track with a solid win in this one.  

Pick: St Louis -145

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