Baseball Bets: Giants vs. Cardinals

October 19, 2012 MLB Baseball

The San Francisco Giants face elimination from this NLCS tonight, as they play the third of three games in St. Louis against the Cardinals, with hopes of forcing games 6 and 7 back by the bay. This Giants win or go home event is scheduled to begin at 8:05 PM ET and will be televised on FOX.

The Cardinals lead this best of 7 set, 3 games to 1 off the strength of 2 wins at home after the teams split the first two in San Francisco. Yesterday, St. Louis put up 4 deuces in innings 1, 5, 6 and 7 for an 8-3 win. Adam Wainwright contributed 7 solid innings of 4 hit ball for the Cards, while Tim Lincecum and the San Fran bullpen struggled allowing the 8 runs on 12 hits. This was without St. Louis having the benefit of Carlos Beltran, who is lobbying to get back in the lineup after missing most of games 3 and 4 with a sore knee.

Tonight’s pitching matchup has wily veteran southpaw Barry Zito (0-0, 6.75 ERA) going for the Giants versus righthander Lance Lynn (1-1, 8.59 ERA) for the Cardinals. Neither hurler fared well in their last playoff starts, but it’s all on the line tonight. Against right-handed pitchers, the Giants are 54-49 overall, and 1-2 in their last 10 games. Against lefties, the Cardinals are 31-17 on the year, and 2-0 in their last 10. Start your Baseball Betting on Giants vs. Cardinals Game.

The Giants are 17-8 SU in their last 25 games on the road. The total has gone OVER in 5 of their previous 6 games. The Cardinals are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games, and 4-1 SU in their last 5 at home. The total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 games, but UNDER in 5 of their last 7 in St. Louis.

Between the two teams, San Fran is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against the Cards. They are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against the Cardinals in St. Louis. The total has gone OVER in 4 of the last 6 meetings between the two.

Don’t count the Giants out too soon. They did come back to win 3 straight against the Reds in Cincy to reach this series.

St. Louis is a prohibitive favorite to wrap it up at home tonight, listed by SBG Sportsbook at a -$160. San Francisco is a +$150. As a favorite, the Cardinals are 69-49 on the year, and 6-3 in their last 10 games. As a dog, the Giants are 32-34 overall, going 3-3 in their last 10. The U/O is 8 total runs on a $110/$100 moneyline.

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