The Cardinals host the San Francisco Giants Wednesday in Game 3 of the NLCS and they opened as small favorites against the ace of the Giant staff.
The series is tied 1-1 and the Cardinals send Kyle Lohse to the hill. He'll face Matt Cain, 17-6 on the year, including a perfect game.
The game could see some retaliatory action after Matt Holliday mashed Marco Scutaro on the basepaths in Game 2.
Bettors looking to back visiting San Francisco before the first pitch in this match will find them as +130-moneyline underdogs at BetOnline. They will see an opening total of 7, which was posted at Sportsbook.ag and other online sportsbooks.
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 4-rated Cardinals and the league No. 1-ranked Giants, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, St. Louis owns the No. 1 ranking for hits in the National League at 9.4 per game. By contrast, the Giants are rated No. 3 in the same category at 9.2 per game.
St. Louis owns the National League's No. 5 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with San Francisco's National League No. 6-rated defense.
In their last action, St. Louis was a 7-1 loser on the road against the Giants. Bettors on San Francisco at -113 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. St. Louis suffered a 7-1 loss against San Francisco on Monday, as Chris Carpenter wasn't able to lead his team to victory at AT&T Park.
San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 8-2
After a win are 5-5
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing San Francisco are 7-3
After playing San Francisco are 2-8
After a loss are 8-2
A few Giants at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Francisco's last 7 games
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco's last 7 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games when playing San Francisco
San Francisco at St. Louis, Thursday, October 18