The last two World Series champs hook up in the NLCS with San Francisco opening as small -125 moneyline favorites on the Game 1 betting odds menu.
Both teams used epic rallies to win their last series and now St. Louis puts its faith in starter Lance Lynn to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 17-5.
Getting the ball for the Giants is Madison Bumgarner, who owns a 16-12 record on the season with a 3.47 ERA.
San Francisco opened as -140 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 7.
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 1-rated Giants and the league No. 4-ranked Cardinals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features San Francisco's National League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 2 and scoring 4.7 runs per game in the league. The Giants have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.4 per nine innings).
San Francisco owns the National League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis' National League No. 5-rated defense.
The Cardinals were a 9-7 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at +118 on the moneyline, while the total score (16) was good news for OVER bettors. The Cardinals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals 9-7 on Friday at Nationals Park.
The Giants were a 6-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got San Francisco at +114 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. San Francisco looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Reds, a 6-4 final on Thursday in support of Matt Cain at Great American Ball Park.
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing San Francisco are 6-4
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few Cardinals at Giants trends to consider:
St. Louis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
St. Louis is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Francisco's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Francisco's last 8 games when playing at home against St. Louis
San Francisco is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
St. Louis at San Francisco, Monday, October 15