Bet on Wainwright & Cardinals vs. Giants

Ross Benjamin

Friday, May 30, 2014 2:25 PM UTC

Friday, May. 30, 2014 2:25 PM UTC

A pair of teams that have won the National League pennant in each of the last 2 seasons, go at it tonight when the Cardinals host the Giants. Our resident sports betting guru analyzes the matchup which includes his MLB free pick in this game.

Premier National League Matchup
The Cardinals will host the Giants today at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri with the first pitch slated for 8:15 PM ET. According to MLB betting odds, the Cardinals are a -155 money line home favorite and the posted total is 6.5. This will be the 2nd of a 4-game series between these clubs, that saw the Giants win the opening game of the set last night by a score of 6-5. The Giants currently lead the NL West by 6.5 games over both the Rockies and Dodgers. The Cardinals are 2nd in the NL Central 3.0 games behind the Brewers.

Starting Pitchers
The Cardinals will go with their ace tonight as Adam Wainwright takes the hill. Wainwright looks to be the early front runner in the National League Cy Young race. He's gone a 9-2 in his 2014 team stars with a superb 1.67 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. The right-hander has been in excellent form over his last 4-starts posting a 0.87 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and a better than 12:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Wainwright has gone a perfect 4-0 in his last 4 home team starts versus the Giants.

The Giants will send southpaw Madison Bumgarner to the mound. Bumgarner has gone 7-4 in his 2014 team starts with a stellar 3.15 ERA and a better than 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio. The lefty has been especially tough in his 6 road starts this season as evidenced by his 1.88 ERA and 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He's displayed very good form over his last 5 starts posting a 2.53 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, and a better than 9:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Unfortunately for the Giants Bumgarner has gone 0-4 in his last 4 team starts versus the Cardinals.

The Teams
The San Francisco Giants enter tonight red-hot having gone 7-1 in their last 8, and 24-9 in the last 33-games. They've also gone an extremely profitable 8-2 in their last 10 as a road underdog. San Francisco has seen just 15 of their last 51-games go 'over' the total when installed as an underdog.

The St. Louis Cardinals enter tonight having gone 40-17 in their last 57 home games, including 7-1 in the last 8 when the total was 6.5 or less. They've seen just 5 of their last 22 home games go 'over' the total when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

MLB Betting System
Any National League money line home money line favorite of -135 to -185 with a starting pitcher with an ERA of 2.70 or less, versus an opponent that's hitting .250 or less as a team, and has a bullpen ERA of 3.33 or less, has gone 65-18 (78.3%) during the last 17 seasons.

Free MLB Pick: Bet Cardinals -155 over the Giants for your MLB pick tonight.

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