Chris Heston (11-7, 3.34 ERA) and Jaime Garcia (6-4, 1.77 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (69-59) and the St. Louis Cardinals (82-46) at AT&T Park. The Cardinals won the last game 6-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on CSBy and FSMW.
Heston pitched 4.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking five in a 2-1 defeat to the Cardinals. Brandon Belt (.276, 63 Rs, 17 HRs, 60 RBIs, 8 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs. Garcia went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking one in a 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Matt Carpenter (.258, 75 Rs, 19 HRs, 67 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
St. Louis is a slim -110 favorite over San Francisco. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Giants have an overall money line of +454 and a record as the underdog of 30-30. San Francisco has recorded a disappointing 1-5 record as the underdog over its last 10 games.
As for their opponent, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +2,569 and an impressive record of 69-29 as the favorite. St. Louis's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an NL-low 2.95 ERA on the road.
The Giants have a 17-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Garcia takes the mound. Heston (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 64-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - StL, O/U - Over
San Francisco won its last game in a shutout, its 16th of the season. St. Louis has been shut out 10 times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 13-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-39. The Cardinals have a 21-31 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, San Francisco ranks 21st with 109 homers and St. Louis is 23rd with 107.
Ranking sixth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.59 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.21.
Ranking 16th, St. Louis is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .737.
The Cardinals are 33-31 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 30-43 when they allow at least one homer.