San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 9/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (66-66) at San Francisco Giants (53-82)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Jack Flaherty (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Cueto (6-7) (4.59)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -101 / St. Louis Cardinals -109 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NSBA, FSMW
Out at AT&T Park on Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants will be picking up their weekend MLB series once again.
In the Thursday opener, the Cardinals scored twice in the second and eighth innings on the way to a 5-2 victory.
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For the Friday game, the Cardinals will be bringing out RHP Jack Flaherty. This will be Flaherty’s Major League debut, taking the spot vacated in the rotation by Mike Leake.
St. Louis has a few notable bats this year. Yadier Molina entered this series with 119 hits, 54 runs, 15 homers and 60 RBI while Tommy Pham had 111 hits, 75 runs, 19 homers and 59 RBI. Molina had one hit on Thursday; Pham had three hits and two RBI.
Over on the Giants’ side, they’re going with RHP Johnny Cueto on Friday. In his 115.2 innings and 6-7 record this year, Cueto has a 4.59 ERA with 103 Ks.
San Fran has a few notable hitters as well. Buster Posey entered this set with 127 hits, 52 runs, 12 homers and 54 RBI while Joe Panik had 113 hits, 45 runs and 43 RBI. In the Thursday game, Panik came up empty; Posey had two hits and a run.
The Cardinals are 9-2 in the last 11 during game two of a series and the over is 3-0-1 in the Cards’ last four during game two of a series. St. Louis is also 3-7 in their last 11 overall and 1-4 in the last six versus a right-handed starter.
Meanwhile, San Francisco is 1-4 in their last five Friday games and 4-1 in Cueto’s last five Friday starts. The Giants are also 1-4 in Cueto’s last five home starts and 0-4 in Cueto’s last four starts in game two of a series.
Flaherty has posted a 2.18 ERA in his 25 starts in the minors so far this year, and he’s the Cardinals’ No. 3 prospect. As for Cueto, he hasn’t been in the Majors since July 14, as he’s been sidelined with a strained right flexor tendon. Flaherty’s definitely got the goods, and if he can get St. Louis a few good innings I think the Cardinals can be in position to take this one.