Johnny Cueto (8-1, 2.31 ERA) takes the hill for the San Francisco Giants (34-22) as they square off against Adam Wainwright (5-3, 5.71 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (28-26) in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and can be seen on CSBA, FSMW and MLBN.
Wainwright pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs and striking out five in a 9-4 win over the Nationals. Matt Adams (.316, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday. Cueto went 6.0 innings, surrendering two, striking out five and walking two in an 8-3 win over the Rockies in his most recent start. Brandon Belt (.306, 27 Rs, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Giants, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for St. Louis and San Francisco are Giants -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
San Francisco earned its fifth shutout of the season in its last game. St. Louis has been shut out three times this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cardinals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 15-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 5-22. 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 13th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.737). St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .796.
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.