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San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Preview & Free Pick

Giants vs Cardinals MLB Betting Preview

The Giants won yesterday’s game against the Cardinals and they now have a 1.5 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. The Cardinals are still in the NL Central race, but they trail the Reds by 6 games.

Venue/ Stadium: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Time/Date: 8 PM EST Wednesday, August 8, 2012
MLB Odds From: Bovada
Moneyline: Giants +105 / Cardinals -125
Over/Under:  8.5 runs

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Ryan Vogelsong (9-5, 2.38 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Joe Kelly (2-4, 3.14)

Matchup | Preview

San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals Preview

San Francisco has won 4 of their last 5 games. MLB lines have the Cardinals as slight home favorites tonight with a total of 8.5 runs.

In yesterday’s game the Giants beat the Cardinals 4-2.

This season the Giants have an O/U record of 54-52 with a run-line W/L record of 54-56 and the Cardinals have an O/U record of 51-55 with a run-line W/L record of 51-59.

Last night’s loss was the Cardinals first one at home in their last 8 games and on the season they are 33-22 at home and the Giants are 28-27 on the road.

Ryan Vogelsong (9-5, 2.38 ERA) goes for the Giants tonight and in his last outing he gave up 4 earned runs in 6 innings, but still got the win facing the Colorado Rockies. Joe Kelly (2-4, 3.14 ERA) is on the hill for the Cardinals and in his last start he gave up 3 earned runs un 5 innings in a win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Vogelsong ranks 2nd in the NL in ERA and the Giants are 13-3 in his last 16 starts.  


Kelly is a rookie and tonight will be his first career start against the Giants. Kelly finally got a win in his last outing after going winless in his previous 6 even though in that span he posted a solid 2.72 ERA.

Kelly will have to pitch around the red-hot Buster Posey, who has 5 HR and 12 RBI in his last 6 games and he leads the Majors hitting over .440 since the All Star break.

Vogelsong will also have to be wary facing Yadier Molina, who is hitting .471 in his last 8 games, and Allen Craig, who is hitting .367 in his last 8 games and went deep twice yesterday.

In some betting trends for this NL match up the Giants are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 6-2 in Vogelsong’s last 8 road starts, and they have an Over record of 4-1-1 in their last 6 games.

The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record, 2-5 in Kelly’s last 7 starts, and they have an Under record of 12-5-1 in their last 18 home games.

In the last 7 games between these 2 teams in St. Louis the posted total has gone Over 5 times.

Jason’s Pick: I think tonight’s game will be another low scoring affair, but the Giants will get to Kelly and they will win behind a strong start from Vogelsong.

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