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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