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St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants Odds
The San Francisco Giants will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the St. Louis Cardinals invade AT&T Park on Friday.
For the Giants, Barry Zito gets the ball, charged with keeping the Cardinals hitters off the base paths. He'll face Jake Westbrook, 0-0 on the year.
Baseball odds makers opened the Giants as -115 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Giants at No. 1 in the National League and the Cardinals at No. 4 in the National League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features San Francisco's National League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 2.7 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 3 and scoring 5.7 runs per game in the league. The Giants have averaged 6.7 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (10.3 per nine innings).
Defensively, St. Louis features the National League's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.7 runs per game. San Francisco, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the National League at home, scoring 0 runs per game.
The Cardinals were a 10-9 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Diamondbacks. That made winners of bettors who got Arizona at -108 on the moneyline, while the total score (19) was good news for OVER bettors. St. Louis lost a tight one on Wednesday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 10-9 score against Arizona at Chase Field.
In their last action, San Francisco was a 5-3 winner on the road against the Dodgers. Bettors on San Francisco at +120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Giants enjoyed a 5-3 victory at the expense of the Dodgers on Wednesday, with Tim Lincecum throwing 5 innings of 3-hit ball at Dodger Stadium.
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing San Francisco are 5-5
After playing Arizona are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2
San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing LA Dodgers are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
A few Cardinals at Giants trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Francisco
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
St. Louis is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
San Francisco is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Francisco is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
St. Louis at San Francisco, Saturday, April 6