San Francisco Giants (20-13) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (18-15)
The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will close out a three-game series on Sunday. The teams have split the first two games of the series, with San Francisco winning on Friday night, 8-2, and the Cardinals responding with a 4-0 victory on Saturday. The Giants are 6-4 in their last 10, sitting in third place in the NL West. St. Louis is 5-5 in their last 10, second place in the NL Central.
San Francisco enters this contest as the favorite at -145 with the odds set for St. Louis at +125. The total is set at 7.0 (over: -105, under: -115). This is the seventh meeting between these teams this season already. The teams split a four-game series in San Francisco (May 5-8) and they are 3-3 against one another this season. The teams have also split the last 10 meetings.
Giants Squander Chances, Blanked by CardinalsThe San Francisco Giants went 1-6 with runners in scoring position on Saturday, hurting their chances in a 4-0 loss to St. Louis. Jakob Junis pitched well, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings. San Francisco got quality production out of the top of the lineup, as Lamonte Wade and Brandon Belt went a combined 4-9, but they also stranded six men on base.
It had been too Longo pic.twitter.com/gcR8Z744A9— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 14, 2022
San Francisco has been an outstanding offensive team early this season, fourth in runs per game at 4.94. They are eighth in team batting average (.245) and ninth in OPS (.708). San Francisco has been a little less formidable on the road, however, hitting .232, 13th overall. They have 15 home runs in 15 road contests.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon will go for the Giants. Rodon is 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts. He has allowed two runs in 6.0 innings in each of his last two starts and has only allowed seven total runs in 35.0 innings pitched. The left-hander has a .165 opponent batting average and a 0.91 WHIP. Rodon has not gone more than 7.0 innings this season, so he will need a little help from the bullpen. San Francisco is 12th in bullpen ERA at 3.46.
Hudson, Bullpen Blanks GiantsDakota Hudson tossed five shutout innings to lead the Cardinals to a 4-0 victory. Four relievers helped combine on the shutout, as the Cardinals allowed eight hits and four walks, but San Francisco stranded 10 runners in the game. That was a welcome sight for St. Louis, whose starter ERA is 3.65, 14th overall.
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW pic.twitter.com/fpsycoAdKs— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 14, 2022
Right-hander Adam Wainwright will get the start for the Cardinals. Wainwright is 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts. He was brilliant in his last start, allowing one hit in seven innings to Kansas City on May 4, but had allowed seven earned runs in 11.0 innings over his previous two starts combined. The right-hander is 8-8 with a 3.34 ERA in 19 appearances against the Giants. The St. Louis bullpen has been spectacular, fifth in team ERA at 3.17 and they have a 1.20 WHIP.
The Cardinals are a solid offensive team as well, 11th in runs per game at 4.30. St. Louis is 11th with a .240 batting average, but has been slightly better at home, hitting .243. The Cardinals have 18 home runs in 17 home games. Nolan Arenado is having a spectacular season, hitting .311 with seven homers and 27 RBI. He has a .952 OPS.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
San Francisco enters as a pretty solid favorite in this contest. That is likely because of the performance of Rodon this season, who has an outstanding ERA at 1.80. However, he has not been untouchable over his last two outings, giving up four total runs in 12.0 innings.
While Rodon has been very good, one stat to pay attention to is that St. Louis has done an outstanding job hitting against lefties. They have the fourth-best batting average against left-handers (.256), while posting a .464 slugging percentage, tops in baseball. The Cardinals are not intimidated by lefties at all, and Rodon has not been spectacular against St. Louis, going 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three career appearances.
Full-Game Total Pick
A matchup between Rodon and Wainwright would seem like a great pitchers’ duel, and this should be a good contest. However, neither has dominated against the opponent, and it would not be surprising to see both pitchers leave after giving up three runs in this contest.
San Francisco has gone over in four straight games and has gone over in the third game of their last six series. They have also gone over in four straight games against teams with a winning record and eight of their last 10 against a right-handed starter. These teams have gone over in 11 of the last 16 meetings in St. Louis.
Take the Cardinals to win, 5-4.