MLB Odds Pick on St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants
While I generally don’t like to talk about the same series two days on the trot, it’s hard to overlook the importance of the series between the Giants and the Cardinals that is going on right now. MLB betting fans have the World Champions going up against the team that many people believe will take the crown this year, which is reason enough to get excited. The fact that the Giants are in danger of missing the playoffs just makes it all the more intriguing. The series comes to a close in St. Louis on Wednesday night.
Closer Look at the MLB Odds Pick on St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants & Game Info
Date/Time: August 19, 7:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, Saint Louis, Missouri
Radio: KMOX 1120, CRN
Opening Lines: San Francisco +145, Saint Louis -154
The Cardinals (76-42) got this series off to a winning start, but they had to fight hard to come away with a tight 2-1 win. Their ability to win in a variety of different ways really is fun to watch, and it’s all the more impressive when you realize just how many of their starters are sitting on the long-term DL. As good as St. Louis have been this season, there is still a nagging doubt that that those injuries are eventually going to come back to haunt them.
Let’s face it, what good would a 100-plus win season be if there was nothing to show for it at the end? The latest player to go down for the Cards in Randal Grichuck, a rookie who has had an excellent season to this point. Jaime Garcia (5-4, 1.57 ERA) has been nothing short of brilliant of late. He has not given up a run in two straight starts, and will be looking to make it three on Wednesday.
The reality of the situation is that it’s beginning to look as though only 1 spot is really left undecided in the NL playoff picture. At 4 games back, the Giants are the only team in the chasing pack who appear to still have a legitimate shot of playing their way in. The downside for the Giants is that they are saddled with a ridiculously hard schedule through the rest of August.
By the time the calendar rolls over into September, the fate of the San Francisco Giants may well have already been decided. They have 7 more games against the NL West leading Dodgers before the season is out, which means they still have the chance to get in as a division winner. Matt Cain (2-3, 6.05 ERA) will start for the World Champions on Wednesday night.
Key Betting Trends
- San Francisco is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 5 games when playing St. Louis
- St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Francisco
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games when playing San Francisco
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Jaime Garcia has been almost untouchable over his last few starts, and I believe that is a trend that will continue as the Cardinals walk away with another win.