St. Louis Cardinals (45-41) at San Francisco Giants (45-44)
|Date & Time||Friday July 6, 2018, 10:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco Giants -122 / St. Louis Cardinals +112 --- Over/Under: 8
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants meet Friday in MLB action at AT&T Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than two runs. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 89 hits and 46 RBI while Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter have combined for 163 hits and 90 RBI. John Gant gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Gant is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
The San Francisco Giants need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Giants have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last eight games. The San Francisco Giants have lost four of their last five games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with 91 hits and 39 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt have combined for 159 hits and 76 RBI. Dereck Rodriguez gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodriguez’s first career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games and 1-6 in Gants last 7 starts. The Giants are 20-8 in their last 28 home games, 16-5 in their last 21 games vs. a right-handed starter and 4-0 in Rodriguezs last 4 starts. The Cardinals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Francisco, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 17-8 in the last 25 meetings in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants got rocked Thursday night, but they've been one of the better home teams in baseball this season overall, so I'm not worried much. Rodriguez has been solid in his last two starts, allowing a combined 10 hits and one run in his last 13.1 innings of work. In 18 innings at home this season, Rodriguez has an ERA of 2.50 and an allowed batting average of .229. Gant is coming off a game in which he allowed four runs in 5.1 innings, and he's allowed three or more runs in five of his last nine games. I like the Giants to snap this losing skid for the cheap price.