Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.93 ERA) and Chris Heston (11-7, 3.38 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (75-42) and the San Francisco Giants (64-53) at Busch Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17 and can be seen on CSBy, FSMW and ESPN.
Wacha pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 4-2 win over the Pirates. Matt Carpenter (.271, 69 Rs, 18 HRs, 62 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Heston went 6.1 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking four in a 2-0 defeat to the Astros in his most recent start. Brandon Belt (.278, 57 Rs, 17 HRs, 57 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
St. Louis is a -152 favorite against San Francisco and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Cardinals have recorded an overall money line of +2,348 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 63-26. St. Louis is an impressive 7-3 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Cardinals are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, San Francisco has a 29-24 record and an overall money line of +419. The Giants are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 9.8 hits per road game.
The Cardinals have a great 36-10 record at home (58-27 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Heston takes the mound. Wacha (RHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a 47-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - StL, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Washington, the Giants now have 15 shutouts this season. The Cardinals have been shut out in eight games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 24-14, while San Francisco is 28-18.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 12-10 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 47-14. The Giants have a 56-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, St. Louis is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 466 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 516.
Ranking 19th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 317 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top half at 11th with 351.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 47-20, well-matched with the Giants who are 43-23 when hitting one or more homers.