San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (82-45) at San Francisco Giants (68-59)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
M Wacha (15-4) (2.80) vs. M Leake (9-6) (3.44)
The Line: San Francisco Giants +110 / St. Louis Cardinals -120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, CSN-Bay
The San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Friday at AT&T Park for game one of their MLB series.
The San Francisco Giants continue to chase the Dodgers in the National League West and the Chicago Cubs for the final Wildcard spot in the National League. The Giants are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 37-25 at home, and they are 2.5 games back in the NL West and 5.5 games out in the Wildcard. As a team the Giants are hitting .268 with Buster Posey hitting .315, Joe Panik hitting .309, and Matt Duffy hitting .306. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.69 with the starters at 3.91 and the bullpen at 3.25. For game one against the Cardinals the Giants start Mike Leake who has allowed nine hits and three runs while striking out 11 over 12.1 innings for an 0-1 record and a 2.19 ERA since being traded to the Giants.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in baseball as they lead the National League Central. The Cardinals are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 36-26 on the road, and they have a 4.5 game lead on the Pirates in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .253 with Jason Heyward hitting .287, Jhonny Peralta hitting .284, and Yadier Molina hitting .280. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.65 with the starters at 2.80 and the bullpen at 2.34. For game one against the Giants the Cardinals start Michael Wacha who has allowed 131 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 128 over 151.1 innings for a 15-4 record and a 2.80 ERA.
San Francisco is 4-1 in their last five home games as an underdog, 2-6 in game one of a series, and 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog. St. Louis is 4-1 in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record, 37-15 in game one of a series, and 6-2 in Wacha’s last eight starts as a road favorite.
I am not expecting a ton of scoring here and even with the total set at 6.5 my free pick is still going to be the under. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.