Giants vs. Cardinals - 9/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (77-71) at San Francisco Giants (79-69)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm (AT&T Park)
Alex Reyes (2-1) (1.29) vs. Albert Suarez (3-3) (4.20)
The Line: San Francisco Giants +102 / St. Louis Cardinals -112 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants end their four-game series early Sunday afternoon.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 4.04 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 146 hits, Yadier Molina has 49 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 19 home runs. Alex Reyes gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Reyes’ first career game against the Giants.
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The San Francisco Giants look for some consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Giants have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The San Francisco Giants offense continues to grind out offense, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Buster Posey leads San Francisco with 143 hits, Denard Span has 49 RBI and Brandon Crawford has 10 home runs. Albert Suarez takes the hill, and he’s 3-3 with a 4.20 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. This will be Suarez’s first career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League West. The Giants are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series and 0-4 in Suarezs last 4 starts. The Cardinals are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in San Francisco.
It's hard to ignore the slight plus money we're getting with the Giants at home given the way the Cardinals have played the last week. Hard to get a great feel for either of these teams in their current form, but I like the price of San Fran more than a shaky St. Louis team on the road.