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Preview: Giants (12-10) at Cardinals (12-10)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Busch Stadium
Date: May 31, 2013 8:15 PM EDT
  

The San Francisco Giants hope their latest victory will provide some much-needed momentum as they begin a difficult stretch of games.

Returning to the place where they began their undefeated run to the 2012 World Series title, the Giants face the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

San Francisco (29-25) has lost 10 of 16, but hopes to build on Thursday's 5-2 win over Oakland that prevented a season series sweep at the hands of its Bay Area rival.

"If this game got away from us, it would have been a long flight to St. Louis, believe me,' manager Bruce Bochy said. "I thought (Thursday) was really critical."

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Pablo Sandoval delivered a go-ahead two-run single to highlight a four-run sixth for the Giants, who remain confident despite their recent struggles.

"We've been losing some games but the attitude's been good. That's one thing we never lose," center fielder Angel Pagan told the Giants' official website. "We play with a lot of perseverance and determination to go out there and try to get everything better and play hard and believe that things will change."

Perhaps a return to Busch Stadium will help San Francisco start to string together wins yet again.

The Giants trailed the Cardinals 3-1 in last year's NL championship series but ran off seven straight victories to win the World Series, starting with a 5-0 win at Busch in Game 5.

St. Louis (35-18), however, owns the best record in the majors and outscored the Giants 20-7 while taking two of three at San Francisco in early April. This series begins a stretch of 12 of 14 on the road for the Giants, featuring games against the NL's top teams in the Cardinals, Arizona, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. San Francisco also hosts Toronto for two games during that span.

"We have to be on top of our game," Bochy said.

San Francisco's Matt Cain (4-2, 5.00 ERA) has gone 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts this month, allowing four runs and six hits in 12 innings to go 1-0 in his last two. He gave up two runs and walked five in five innings of a 7-3 win over Colorado on Sunday.

However, the right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.04 ERA in four starts at St. Louis, including postseason. He allowed nine runs over 3 2-3 innings of a 14-3 home loss to the Cardinals on April 7.

Matt Carpenter is 7 for 9 with a home run against Cain, and has batted .395 during an overall nine-game hitting streak.

Carpenter went 2 for 4 in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Kansas City that ended after 3 a.m. Central Time due to an hour rain delay to start and one of 4 hours, 32 minutes in the ninth inning. The Cardinals led 2-1 heading into the ninth, but fell to 20-7 in May.

St. Louis' Shelby Miller (5-3, 2.02) allowed one run and struck out 24 in 20 2-3 innings while going 2-0 in his first three May starts, but he's given up six runs in 11 innings to go 0-1 in the last two.

The right-hander allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-3 win at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

"I don't think my fastball was as good as it had been earlier on (in the season)," Miller told the Cardinals' official website. "I feel just a little off, but not much. Hopefully I can get that taken care of."

He allowed two runs and walked four in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-3 win at San Francisco on April 6.

Including postseason, Sandoval has batted .375 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last eight games against the Cardinals.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Giants at Cardinals
Fri, May 31 - 8:15PM EDT
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GAME 2
Giants at Cardinals
Sat, Jun 1 Final 0 to 8
GAME 3
Giants at Cardinals
Sun, Jun 2 Final 4 to 2
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 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SFO  +140   -170   7.5 
 STL  -150   +150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SFO  +135   -165   7.5 
 STL  -150   +145   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SFO  31%   17%   60% 
 STL  69%   83%   40% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 14 Cover: +118 
 SFO 3 Over: 17 
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 Apr 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 6 Cover: +114 
 SFO 3 Over: 9 
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 Apr 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 0 Under: 1 
 SFO 1 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 22, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 0 Over: 9 
 SFO 9 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 21, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 1 Push: 7 
 SFO 6 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 19, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 5 Cover: +140 
 STL 0 Under: 5 
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 Oct 18, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 3 Over: 11 
 STL 8 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 17, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 1 Under: 4 
 STL 3 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 15, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 1 Over: 8 
 SFO 7 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 14, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 6 Cover: +115 
 SFO 4 Over: 10 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Friday, May 31
 
    Diamondbacks at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Tigers at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Braves
7:30 PM EDT
    Royals at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Astros at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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