St. Louis Cardinals (46-42) at San Francisco Giants (46-45)
|Date & Time||Sunday July 8, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco Giants -135 / St. Louis Cardinals +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants meet Sunday in MLB action at AT&T Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Cardinals have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 90 hits and 46 RBI while Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter have combined for 164 hits and 90 RBI. Jack Flaherty gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s second career game against the Giants.
The San Francisco Giants need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Giants have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six straight games. The San Francisco Giants have split their last 12 games when scoring three or less runs. Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with 91 hits and 39 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt have combined for 164 hits and 79 RBI. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 2.58 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 3-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games and 1-5 in Flahertys last 6 road starts. The Giants are 10-1 in their last 11 Sunday games, 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 3-9 in Bumgarners last 12 starts. The Cardinals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in San Francisco, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the Giants are 1-4 in Bumgarners last 5 home starts vs. Cardinals.
Despite his impressive allowed batting average both overall this season and on the road, Flaherty has allowed 10 hits and eight runs in his last 10 innings. The Giants haven't had much recent luck with Bumgarner on the mound, but he's allowed just three runs in his last 21 innings. It's only a matter of time before the Giants give their ace some run support, and it's not often you get one of the top pitchers in baseball at this price. I'll take the San Francisco Giants to get the win here.