Michael Wacha (2-6, 4.99 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (7-3, 2.84 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (28-27) and the San Francisco Giants (35-22) at Busch Stadium. The Giants won the last game 5-1, and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and can be seen on FOX.
Wacha pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 10-2 defeat to the Nationals. Matt Carpenter (.272, 37 Rs, 9 HRs, 35 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run. Samardzija went 5.0 innings, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 5-3 defeat to the Braves in his last outing. Brandon Belt (.304, 27 Rs, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for St. Louis and San Francisco are Giants -120, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
The Giants have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
When leading after seven innings, San Francisco is 10-6, while St. Louis is 18-13.
The Giants managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are heading in with a 10-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 5-23. The Giants have a 7-19 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 48 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 72.
Ranking 13th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.77 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 9.20.
Ranking 15th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.734). St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .790.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 13-17, well-matched with the Cardinals who are 16-20 when allowing at least one homer.