St. Louis Cardinals (66-66 SU, O/U) v. San Francisco Giants (53-81 SU, O/U) at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California
Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 10:15 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Michael Wacha (R) 9-7, 4.33 ERA, 1.40 WHIP (STL) v. Madison Bumgarner (L) 3-6, 2.85 ERA, 1.04 WHIP (SF)
Money Line: St. Louis Cardinals -131 | San Francisco Giants +118
The San Francisco Giants will play host to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. The Giants have had a horrific season thus far. They’re near the bottom of the National League standings, 20 games behind the Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card race. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are fighting for a spot in the playoffs. They’re six games behind the Rockies in the Wild Card standings. Which club will get a win on Thursday night in San Francisco?
Cards fall to the Brewers
The St. Louis Cardinals came up short in a 6-5 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Cards really struggled at the plate in the loss. They only had 5 hits against the Brewers. The St. Louis lineup has been pretty average this season. They’re hitting .261 in 2017, which is the eighth best batting average in the majors.
Michael Wacha will be the Cardinals starter on Thursday night. Wacha has had a pretty rough year. He lost his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander gave up 9 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs in 3 1/3 innings. Wacha has now lost his last three starts. He’ll look to bounce back as he takes on a bad Giants lineup in this one.
Giants fall to the Padres
The San Francisco Giants dropped game two of their series in San Diego, falling 6-3 to the Padres. The Giants haven’t been able to get any momentum going in 2017. They’ve been one of the worst offensive teams in the big leagues. The Giants have only scored 530 runs this season, which is the second-fewest runs in the majors.
Madison Bumgarner has been named the Giants starter for Thursday’s matchup with the Cardinals. Bumgarner has been a rare bright spot in an ugly season for the Giants. The veteran lefty had a nice start in his most recent outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. However, Bumgarner left that game with a loss. He only allowed 2 runs in seven innings of action. The Giants didn’t give him enough support, so Bumgarner suffered his sixth loss of the season. He’ll look to get his first win at home in nearly a month on Thursday night.
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Madison Bumgarner hasn’t had a lot of support, but he’s still one of the best pitchers in the game. The southpaw ace has a 2.78 ERA after the All Star break, and I think he’ll be able to shutdown the Cardinals in this one. Bumgarner hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in his last 4 starts at AT&T Park. Meanwhile, Michael Wacha has a 5.57 ERA on the road this year. I like the Giants to win this one at home behind Bumgarner.