It’s always fun to take a look at the baseball betting schedule for the coming week and pick out the match-ups that might deliver the most fireworks. It’s hard to ignore the 3-game series between the Giants and Cardinals in St. Louis to start the week, especially since the World Champions are currently in danger of not making it into the postseason. The second game in that series will take place on Tuesday night.
A Look at the San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals MLB Odds Preview & Game InfoDate/Time: August 18, 6:10pmVenue:Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MissouriTV: CSN-BA, FS-MRadio: KNBR 680MLB Betting Odds: St. Louis -155The Giants (64-53) were stunned by the Chicago Cubs a couple of weekends ago, getting swept in 4. They knew that if they wanted to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot, they would have to post a winning record last week. They did just that, going 5-1 against the Astros and the Nationals, which was by no means an easy pair of series. Things don’t get any easier this week, though, as they will have to go on the road to face the Cardinals and the Pirates, both of whom are arguably among the best in baseball this season. It’s a tough run to be sure, but these types of series always seem to end up having a playoff feel, which is something that the Giants have grown accustomed to in recent years. Their bats are hot right now, and there is no reason why they should not be able to take something from these two series. Mike Leake (9-6, 3.52 ERA) will come off the DL to make just his second start for the Giants after coming over from Cincinnati.There really is nothing left to say about the Cardinals (75-42) that hasn’t already been said by everyone else. They are the team to beat this year, and very few teams have been able to do that on a consistent basis. They have a 5 game lead in the division, and are a shoe-in for postseason play. You really have to wonder who is going to be able to beat this team over a 7-game series, as they have been able to avoid the types of losing skids that would make that possible. They have only lost a single series in the second half, and are coming into this one having gone 7-3 in their last 10 games. Lance Lynn (9-7, 2.95 ERA) has looked human of late, going 1-2 in his last 3 starts.
Key Betting Trends
- San Francisco is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 6 games when playing St. Louis
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 6 games when playing San Francisco
- St. Louis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games