Top-Value Total & Moneyline In San Fran As Giants Host Cardinals

St. Louis players high fiving each other while one returns to the bench

Thursday, September 15, 2016 3:00 PM GMT

Just a game apart in the National League Wild Card race, the Giants host the Cardinals in the opener of a 4-game series, and we've got a free baseball pick for the matchup.

Psst, hey buddy! Looking forward to the baseball playoffs and can't wait for them to begin? Tonight's clash in San Francisco between the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals is perfect for you.

There should be a playoff atmosphere at AT&T Park as both the Cardinals and Giants battle for a spot in the National League postseason. First pitch is 10:15 PM (ET) with MLB Network cameras televising the opener of a long, 4-game series. We have a rematch from about three months ago for our initial mound duel, and it should be a good one as Adam Wainwright toes the rubber for the Cardinals opposite San Fran's Johnny Cueto. The Giants are popping up around  -150 on SBR's live MLB odds, 7 the total at most shops.

St. Louis has enjoyed the upper hand over the Giants in recent years, the Cardinals winning the last four series between the 125-year-old rivals. That includes two sets in San Francisco where totals have split the last six games, all three 'under' winners ending in a shutout. The Redbirds took two of three at home a little more than three months ago where the totals leaned 2-1 in favor of the 'over.' St. Louis is 76-63-6 O/U/P on the year (last 6 'under' at the best sportsbooks), and the Giants are running 66-74-5 (3 of last 4 'under').

 

Redbirds Have Won Wainwright's Last 3 Starts
San Francisco's only win in Arch City back in June came with Cueto on the hill against Wainwright. Closing as a light -115 favorites, the husky Dominican logged six innings while allowing just one unearned run and four hits in the 5-1 final. Cueto did walk five in the contest. Wainwright deserved a better fate than being saddled with the loss, the big righty tossing seven frames, striking out six and leaving with his club trailing 2-1.

The Giants are 20-9 behind Cueto, good enough for nearly seven units of profit in the pockets of bettors following him. They hit a little bump recently with three consecutive losses in his starts before that ended last Saturday in Arizona. Cueto worked seven and allowed just three hits in the 11-3 San Francisco victory, one of those hits a Peter O'Brien pinch hit a homer.

It has been an up-&-down year for Wainwright, but the Cardinals are riding a 3-game win streak behind their veteran. He was in classic form last Saturday at home, toiling for eight innings and allowing just a run in a 5-1 triumph vs. the Brewers. Wainwright has enjoyed pitching at AT&T Park in recent years, winning his last two assignments here while allowing just two runs in almost 15 innings.

 

Will Mother Nature Play A Role In the Proceedings?
It's a wild and wacky NL Wild Card race, San Francisco a half-game up on New York with St. Louis another half to the rear of the Mets. This series begins with both teams in the midst of slumps, the Giants starting this 7-game homestand by being boomed at the hands of the Padres and the Cardinals dropping three of four to end a homestand. St. Louis was blanked by the Cubs on the way out of town Wednesday, and this late 10-game trip begins here before moving to Colorado and ending in Chicago.

You know I'm always interested in the weather, and happy to report a lovely evening Thursday night in San Francisco, perhaps a bit on the chilly side with the thermometer starting in the low-60s at a first pitch and dipping into the 50s. As is normal for this time of year, a 10-15 mph westerly breeze (out to center) is in the mix.

That wind shouldn't really help batters against these two pitchers. I can't trust San Francisco right now and will make my free MLB pick on visiting St. Louis.

 

Free MLB Pick: Cardinals +130
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Season: 43-36 (+9.80)

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