Ryan Vogelsong (9-9, 4.05 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (68-59) meet Lance Lynn (10-8, 2.94 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (82-45) in the second of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 5-4 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 29 and will air on CSBy and FSMW.
In his last start, Vogelsong pitched 3.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out two and walking four in a 5-2 loss to the Pirates. The Cardinals were victorious the last time Lynn pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Matt Carpenter (.258, 74 Rs, 19 HRs, 67 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
San Francisco is a slight +105 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. When playing as the underdog, the Giants have a 30-30 record and overall money line at +354. They are 1-6 as the underdog over their last 10 games. The Giants are the best in the NL in hits allowed at home, giving up just 7.9 per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Cardinals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .704 when playing as the favorite (69-29) and an overall money line of +2,671. They have the lowest road ERA in the NL at 2.98.
The Cardinals are 2-1 against the Giants this season. This game will feature Lynn (RHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 51-47 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Cardinals will be the right-hander Vogelsong. Right-handed starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport a 64-30 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - StL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Cardinals lost by a margin of one run. The Giants are 15-18 in one-run games. The Cardinals have a 28-19 record in close games.
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 28-17, while San Francisco is 30-20.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Cardinals are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 16-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 50-14. The Giants have a 59-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, St. Louis has earned 507 this season. San Francisco ranks 12th with 550 runs.
Ranking 18th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 351 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 389.
When the Giants hit at least one home run, they are 46-23, well-matched with the Cardinals who are 54-20 when hitting one or more homers.