St. Louis aims for a 3-1 series vs San Francisco and the NLCS Game 4 betting odds favors the home team at -130 at most shops.
The battle, Thursday night at Busch Stadium, pits Adam Wainwright out against Tim Lincecum for the Giants. Wainwright is 14-13 with a 4.09 ERA on the season, while Lincecum is 10-15 on the year and has a 5.18 ERA.
Sportsbooks such as Sportsbook.ag had the Cards as -130 favorites, while the total was sitting at 7.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 4 in the National League and the Giants at No. 1 in the National League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Louis has the National League's No. 2-rated offensive output, at 9.4 hits per game. The Giants average 9.2 hits per game, good for No. 3 on the National League list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the National League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Giants own the National League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.
In their last action, San Francisco was a 3-1 loser on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at -119 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. San Francisco looks to rebound from a loss to the Cardinals, who beat them 3-1 on Wednesday behind a start from Kyle Lohse at Busch Stadium.
San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing San Francisco are 6-4
After playing San Francisco are 3-7
After a win are 4-6
A few Giants at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games
San Francisco is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games on the road
San Francisco is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games at home
St. Louis is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home
St. Louis is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games
San Francisco at St. Louis, Friday, October 19