Last Updated May 16, 2022, 20:00 PM
San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Picks, Predictions, Odds
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The San Francisco Giants (20-13) will wrap up their three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals (18-15) on Sunday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri and can be viewed on ESPN.
Giants 4, Cardinals 3
- Giants ML (-145) at bet365
San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Predictions
The San Francisco Giants enter this matchup third in the NL West, one game behind the Dodgers for first place. The Giants won game one of this series 8-2, but were shutout on Saturday with a final score of 4-0. Prior to Saturday’s loss, San Francisco had won six straight games. The bats have been working for the Giants, averaging 4.93 runs per game. The bullpen has been solid as well, holding opponents to four runs or less in five of their last seven. Left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is scheduled to start Sunday. Rodon is 4-1 in six games this season with an ERA of 1.80 and have given up 20 hits seven earned runs, and struck out 53 batters in 35.0 innings.
St. Louis is currently second in the NL Central standings, three games behind the Brewers for first place. The Cardinals got a much-needed win on Saturday having lost five of their last six games. St. Louis is getting decent offensive production this season, averaging 4.18 runs per game. The bullpen has been a bit inconsistent, but have already recorded five shutouts this season. The right-hander Adam Wainwright is expected to take the mound on Sunday. Wainwright is 3-3 in six games this season with an ERA of 3.18 and has given up 31 hits, 12 earned runs, and struck out 28 batters in 34.0 innings of work.
The Cardinals and Giants have met six times this season and have each won three games. I like San Francisco to win game three of this series. Rodon has been great this season and has not allowed more than two runs when he has taken the mound. I don’t expect Wainwright to have a terrible day, but do think the Giants will do enough damage to secure a win. Backing San Francisco moneyline here.
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San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds
- Giants -145
- Cardinals +125
- Giants -1.5 (+125)
- Cardinals +1.5 (-145)
- Over 7 (-105)
- Under 7 (-115)
San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Resources
- Date: Sunday, May 14, 2022
- Matchup: NL West vs. NL Central
- Stadium: Busch Stadium
- Location: St. Louis, Missouri
- TV-Time: ESPN - 7:00 p.m. ET
San Francisco Giants Betting Analysis
After 32 games the Giants have gone 20-13 SU, 17-16 ATS, and have an O/U record of 17-15-1. The total has gone over in four of San Francisco’s last five games. Following this trend, the total has gone over in 10 of their last 14 games against a National League opponent. The Giants are 9-5 SU on the road this season and 3-10 SU in their last 13 games when playing on the road against the Cardinals.
San Francisco has been one of the highest scoring teams in baseball this season. As a team the Giants have a batting average of .245 (8th), on base percentage of .329 (3rd), slugging percentage of .379 (14th), and have scored 163 runs (3rd)). The second baseman Wilmer Flores leads the team with a batting average of .267 (28-105), three home runs, and 19 RBIs. Right fielder Luis Gonzalez has been efficient with a batting average of .339 (20-59), one home run, and 12 RBIs.
The Giants bullpen is pitching well for the most part. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .246 (24th), have an ERA of 3.41 (6th), and have given up 121 runs (6th). Left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is scheduled to start Sunday. Rodon is 4-1 in six games this season with an ERA of 1.80 and have given up 20 hits seven earned runs, and struck out 53 batters in 35.0 innings. In his one outing against St. Louis last season, Rodon allowed one hit, one earned run, and struck out 10 batters in 6.0 innings.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Analysis
The Cardinals have lost five of their last seven games and are 18-15 SU, 18-15 ATS, and have an O/U record of 16-16-1. The total has gone under in three of St. Louis’ six games played against the Giants this season. The Cardinals are 2-5 SU in their last seven games. Going against this trend, St. Louis is 10-3 in their last 13 games when playing at home against San Francisco.
St. Louis has not been the highest scoring team by any means, but still get decent production from their lineup. As a team the Cardinals have a batting average of .240 (11th), on base percentage of .312 (14th), slugging percentage of .380 (14th), and have scored 142 runs (14th). The third baseman Nolan Arenado has been the team's best hitter with a batting average of .311 (38-122), seven home runs, and 27 RBIs. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is also having a nice season with a batting average of .298 (36-121), three home runs, and 17 RBIs.
If the Cardinals can find a bit more consistency throughout their bullpen this will be a tough team to beat as the season progresses. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .237 (19th), have an ERA of 3.44 (10th), and have given up 114 runs (5th). The right-hander Adam Wainwright is expected to take the mound on Sunday. Wainwright is 3-3 in six games this season with an ERA of 3.18 and has given up 31 hits, 12 earned runs, and struck out 28 batters in 34.0 innings of work. In his two outings against the Giants last season, Wainwright gave up 12 hits, seven runs, and struck out 10 batters in 11.0 innings.
Key Players to Watch
- SFO: LaMonte Wade, Jr. - DH (Last Game: 2-5)
- SFO: Brandon Belt - 1B (Last Game: 2-4)
- STL: Nolan Arenado - 3B (Last Game: 2-4, 2B, RBI)
- STL: Paul Goldschmidt - 1B (Last Game: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI)
- SFO: Carlos Rodon - LHP (4-1, 1.80 ERA, 53 K, 0.91 WHIP)
- STL: Adam Wainwright - RHP (3-3, 3.18 ERA, 28 K 1.29 WHIP)
San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Conclusion
After losing five straight games, the Giants are looking more like themselves and have won six of their last seven. The Cardinals are not playing bad, but can't seem to get any kind of winning streak off the ground. Rodon should give the Giants six to seven solid innings at the mound and expect their bats to be better than they were on Saturday. Backing the Giants moneyline here.