Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jaime Garcia (6-4) vs. Christopher Heston (11-7)
The San Francisco Giants welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to AT&T Park on Sunday. The Cardinals send Jaime Garcia to the mound to face Christopher Heston of the Giants. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -110 and San Francisco at +100. The over/under was set at 7. The Cardinals have a 48-72 over/under record and a 65-63 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Giants have a 61-57 over/under record and a 72-56 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 56% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 82-46 record, including 36-27 on the road. Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia holds a 6-4 record with an earned run average of 1.77 and a WHIP of 0.92. In his starts, the Cardinals are 8-5 over his 86.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 60 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 3-9. The team is averaging 3 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.33 and they've given up 333 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 334 and walked 138 batters this season while opposing teams hit .234 against them. St. Louis has a team average of 8.15 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.98 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 2.65, they are 1st in the league.
St. Louis is batting .253 as a team, which is good for 15th in the league and hitting .246 away from home. Ranked at 11th in the league in on-base percentage, the Cardinals sit at .319 and they hold a .390 team slugging percentage. With 134 hits, Jhonny Peralta leads the team while his team ranks 15th in hits per game with 8.59.
With a 38-25 home record, San Francisco will hope to improve on their 69-59 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.34, Christopher Heston will come into this game holding a 11-7 record and a 1.22 WHIP. In his starts, the Giants are 14-10 and he has allowed 129 hits over 145.2 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 12-11. The team is averaging 4.9 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.20 and they have given up 337 hits on the season. The Giants bullpen has struck out 325 batters and walked 108 this season while opposing teams have hit .231 against them. San Francisco has a team average of 8.36 hits per game and are averaging 7.35 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.67, they are 8th in the league.
They are batting .268 as a team, which is good for 3rd in the league and hitting .269 at home. Ranked at 4th in the league in on-base percentage, the Giants sit at .327 and they hold a .408 team slugging percentage. With 139 hits, Buster Posey leads the team while his team ranks 3rd in hits per game with 9.23.
The Cardinals have committed 76 errors and have combined for 1,280 assists and 3,500 put outs leading to a .984 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Giants have accumulated 59 errors while having 1,328 assists and 3,415 put outs leading to a .988 fielding percentage.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 48-72 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 65-63 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 61-57 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 72-56 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
08/27/15 P Trevor Rosenthal Personal expected to miss series vs. San Francisco Giants
08/18/15 LF Randal Grichuk Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/16)
07/30/15 LF Matt Holliday Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
07/03/15 CF Jon Jay Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/1)
07/01/15 P Matt Belisle Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/26)
05/27/15 1B Matt Adams Quad Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (05/26)
05/03/15 P Jordan Walden Bicep Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/30)
04/28/15 P Adam Wainwright Achilles Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/25); out for season
San Francisco Giants
08/29/15 SS Brandon Crawford Back is downgraded to not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday & Sunday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
08/28/15 P Matt Cain Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/28)
08/26/15 P Jeremy Affeldt Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
08/20/15 RF Hunter Pence Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/18)
08/11/15 CF Angel Pagan Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/11)
08/04/15 2B Joe Panik Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
07/31/15 P Tim Hudson Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/31)
07/01/15 P Tim Lincecum Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/28)
06/18/15 2B Marco Scutaro Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/17); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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