Battle of National League's Elite
The Cardinals will host the Giants on Saturday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri with the first pitch slated for 2:15 PM ET. According to MLB betting odds the Cardinals are a -165 money line home favorite and the posted total is 7.5. These teams have seen 6 of their last 7 meetings go over the total.
The Starting Pitchers
The Cardinals will send right-hander Michael Wacha to the mound today. Wacha is 4-7 in his team starts this season despite posting a very good 2.67 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. The impressive youngster has displayed fine form over his last 3 starts as evidenced by a stellar 2.25 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in those outings. This will be Wacha's first career start versus the Giants.
The Giants will go with 29-year old veteran Yusmeiro Petit today. Petit was a late insertion due to Matt Cain being scratched from his scheduled start. Petit has appeared in 14-games this season including 4-starts, and has posted a lofty 5.08 ERA. The right-hander has performed much better in his relief appearances than in a starting role. In 4 starts this season Petit has posted a 6.75 ERA and allowed 4 home runs in just 21 1/3 innings.
The Giants are Red-Hot
The San Francisco Giants have now won 8 of their last 9-games after a 9-4 blowout of the Cardinals last night. The Giants have also gone a superb 25-9 in their last 34-games overall. The hot streak over the last month has catapulted them to a comfortable first place 7.5 game lead over both the Dodgers and Rockies in the NL West.
Cards are Stuck in Neutral
You can make the case the Cardinals have underachieved in the early part of the season. They enter today with a 29-26 record on the year, and are 2nd in the NL Central, 4-games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Last night's loss to the Giants was their 3rd setback in a row. This is too talented of a team to be playing a shade over .500 ball, and it's just a matter of time before they begin to surge.
MLB Betting System
Any team (Cardinals) with a winning percentage of .510 to .540, versus an opponent who's coming off 2 or more wins in a row, and has a winning percentage of .620 or better, has gone 30-13 (69.8%) in MLB picks against the money line during the last 5 seasons.
Free Pick: Cardinals -165 over the Giants