Giants vs. Cardinals - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (76-71) at San Francisco Giants (79-68)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9:05 pm (AT&T Park)
M Leake (9-10) (4.60) vs. J Samardzija (11-10) (4.07)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -130 / St. Louis Cardinals +110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants play game three of their series Saturday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Cardinals have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 4.05 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. Mike Leake gets the nod, and he’s 9-10 with a 4.60 ERA and 115 strikeouts this season. Leake is 5-2 with a 5.02 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
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The San Francisco Giants look for some consistency after splitting their last 20 games. The Giants have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The San Francisco Giants offense continues to produce daily, and they’ve won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Buster Posey leads San Francisco with 143 hits, Denard Span has 49 RBI and Brandon Belt has 15 home runs. Jeff Samardzija takes the hill, and he’s 11-10 with a 4.07 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 4-4 with a 4.61 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in Leakes last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Giants are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games and 3-8 in Samardzijas last 11 starts. The Cardinals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in San Francisco.
The Cardinals pitching staff has been getting rocked the last few days and now they throw out Leake who is allowing teams to hit 300 against him on the road. Yes, Samardzija hasn't had much success recently in terms of wins, but you have to give San Fran the slight edge at home with the way St. Louis has looked this week overall.