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San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/1/14

St. Louis Cardinals (44-39) at San Francisco Giants (46-36)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)

Marco Gonzales (L) (0-0) (9.000) vs. Tim Lincecum (R) (6-5) (4.418)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -130 / St. Louis Cardinals +120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-MW, CSN-BA

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants begin a three-game series on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals have lost seven of their last 12 games, but remain five games above .500. The reason for the slump is a Cardinals pitching staff that has allowed five or more runs in four of their last six games. The Cardinals have lost nine of their 10 games in the month of June when allowing more than three runs. The Cards still have an ERA of 3.30, sixth best in baseball. Offensively, Jhonny Peralta has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Marco Gonzales takes the mound, and he’s 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and has three strikeouts in nine innings. This will be Gonzales’ second career start.

San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/1/14

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The Giants have lost six of their last seven games and aren’t getting much help from either side. The Giants have allowed four or more runs in 12 of their last 15 games and their offense has produced three or fewer runs in six of their last seven games. The Giants have lost 11 straight games when being held to three or less runs. Buster Posey has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Tim Lincecum gets the ball, and he’s 6-5 with a 4.42 ERA and has 83 strikeouts in 91.2 innings. Lincecum is 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Cardinals. 

The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 games following an off day and 36-17 in their last 53 games following a loss. The Giants are 4-1 in Lincecums last 5 home starts and 16-7 in Lincecums last 23 starts overall. The Giants are 6-2 in Lincecums last 8 starts vs. Cardinals.

San Fran is at home and has a pitcher who is coming off a no hitter. So, while both teams are struggling, it seems like the Giants are the pick in this spot. 

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San Francisco Giants -130

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