Jeff Samardzija (11-10, 4.07 ERA) and Mike Leake (9-10, 4.60 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the San Francisco Giants (79-68) and the St. Louis Cardinals (76-71) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 8-2, and San Francisco leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 17 and can be seen on CSBA and FSMW.
Samardzija pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-0 defeat to the Padres. Brandon Belt (.272, 70 Rs, 15 HRs, 74 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs. Leake went 6.0 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking one in a 4-1 defeat to the Cubs in his last outing. Matt Carpenter (.275, 76 Rs, 19 HRs, 61 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
San Francisco has won 55% (30-25) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, St. Louis has won 55% (33-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cardinals managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are heading in with a 14-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 16-61. The Giants have a 14-46 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 121 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 207.
Ranking ninth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 484 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 526.
The Giants are 53-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 63-45 when they hit at least one homer.