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San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (66-66) at San Francisco Giants (53-82)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)

M Wacha (9-7) (4.33) vs. M Bumgarner (3-6) (2.85)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -131 / St. Louis Cardinals +118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, KNTV

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Fransisco Giants meet Thursday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Cardinals have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Yadier Molina leads the Cardinals with 119 hits and 60 RBI while Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko have combined for 219 hits and 123 RBI. Michael Wacha gets the ball, and he is 9-7 with a 4.33 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.  

San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Fransisco Giants look to play spoiler after losing five of their last six games. The Giants have allowed 11 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The San Fransisco Giants have lost five straight games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Buster Posey leads the Giants with 127 hits and 54 RBI while Joe Panik and Denard Span have combined for 225 hits and 76 RBI. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he is 3-6 with a 2.85 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 3-4 with a 3.97 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 3-7 in their last 10 overall, 9-4 in Wachas last 13 Thursday starts and 1-4 in Wachas last 5 starts. The Giants are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central, 3-10 in their last 13 during game 1 of a series and 3-10 in Bumgarners last 13 starts. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in San Francisco and 5-1 in Bumgarners last 6 starts vs. Cardinals.

Wacha has allowed 10 runs in his last 7.1 innings and has produced just one win in the month of August in which he has a 7.25 ERA. While there haven't been a lot of wins for Bumgarner this season, he has allowed two or less earned runs in six of his last seven games, has an ERA under three at home and an ERA of 2.73 in the month of August. I have to side with the Giants at home with the better pitcher. 

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