St. Louis at San Francisco Saturday MLB Odds Analysis
One of the true marks of a champion is their ability to get up when it looks as though they are down for the count. The San Francisco Giants look like a team in trouble right now, but they are showing a whole lot of fight as they try to get back to the playoffs to defend their crown. They welcome in the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend for a 3-game MLB betting series, the second game of which is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
A Closer Look at the St. Louis at San Francisco Saturday MLB Odds Analysis & Game Info
Date/Time: Saturday, August 29th, 4:05 PM
Venue: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Radio: KNBR 680, KTRB 860
Opening line: St. Louis -115
The Giants (68-59) have had it tougher than most in the second half, as their recent schedule has been totally brutal. The entire month of August has seen them play nothing but teams who are deep in the playoff hunt, yet they are almost at the end of it and still only 2.5 games off the pace in the NL West. If they can handle the Cardinals in this series, they then move on to a crucial match-up with the LA Dodgers. There is the distinct possibility that they could be back on top of the division within the first week of September, but their offense is going to have to step up its game in order for that to happen. The good news is that they had back to back solid performances against the Chicago Cubs, winning both games and scoring 13 runs in the process. Ryan Vogelsong (9-9, 4.05 ERA) has been pitching better than his record suggests, and has suffered from a lack of run support.
The St. Louis Cardinals (82-45) are about to get a dose of the same medicine that the Giants have been taking, as their next 4 series, including this one, are against playoff contenders. The difference here is that the Cardinals have pretty much already punched their postseason ticket, which means they will not be under the same sort of pressure as the reigning champions. That said, their lead at the top of the NL Central is just 4.5 games, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing great ball right now. Any type of slip up over the next couple of weeks, and things could get very interesting indeed at the top of that division. It doesn’t look as though it will happen, as the Cards are rolling into this series on a 5-game winning streak. Lance Lynn (10-8, 2.94 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cardinals. Lynn has had it rough of late, and is just 2-3 in his last 5 starts.
Key Betting Trends
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
- St. Louis is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games
- St. Louis is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- St. Louis is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing San Francisco
- St. Louis is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
- San Francisco is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games
- San Francisco is 15-3-1 SU in its last 19 games at home
It has been fun, albeit a little stressful, to be a fan of the Giants these past couple of weeks. They have been rewarded with one great series after another, and I think they will be rewarded with the win on Saturday afternoon.