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2021 MLB Handicapping
(42-44) St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants (53-31)
Date: Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
Time: 9:45 PM ET
Venue: Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA
Projected Pitchers: Wainwright (STL) vs. Cueto (SF)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals +110, Giants -130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cardinals -185, Giants +165
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.0 (Under -120)
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals were hitless through six innings on Monday in San Francisco but still wound up beating Kevin Gausman by a final score of 5–3.
Nolan Arenado broke up the no-no with one out in the seventh and Matt Carpenter delivered the big hit, a two-out, two-run triple, to break a scoreless tie and back Kwang-Hyun Kim, who pitched seven shutout innings to win his third game of the season.
Now the tricky part for St. Louis: turning one win into a winning streak. There haven’t been many of them this season for the Birds, who are still languishing two games under .500 and in fourth position in the NL Central.
It will turn to Adam Wainwright tonight in a matchup of veteran right-handers who have seen enough of each other, both in the NL Central and outside of it.
Waino will turn 40 next month and he has continued his resurgence this season that began in 2019, when he turned in a league-average year in a staggering 171 innings after three consecutive sub-par seasons.
In 16 starts this season, he has already gone over 100 innings (better than six innings per start) and has a 107 ERA+ with a WHIP a hair over 1.10 (better than his 1.219 career mark).
Wainwright has thrown six consecutive quality starts, dating back to the start of June. He has gone at least seven full innings in four of those starts and tossed eight in his last against Colorado.
As a team, San Francisco hits just .221 career against Wainwright but the only two guys with a significant number of at-bats against him are Brandon Crawford (6-for-30) and Buster Posey (7-for-20).
San Francisco Giants
The Giants’ have not had any trouble stringing together wins this season. Monday’s loss snapped a modest three-game winning streak but the Dodgers lost in Miami so San Francisco retained its half-game lead in the division.
Gausman ended up going seven innings with just the two runs to his name and his ERA actually went up, from 1.68 to 1.74.
A mini comeback against Alex Reyes in the ninth ended when LaMonte Wade struck out as the tying run.
San Francisco may be off a three-game winning streak but it has won just three of its last eight and is banged up at the moment, just trying to get to the All-Star Break.
Evan Longoria (shoulder) and Brandon Belt (knee) are both expected to return shortly, if not immediately after the break. Tommy LaStella would already be back, if not for breaking his thumb on his rehab tour. He may not miss much more than this month, however.
In the meantime, San Francisco’s lineup looks even more anonymous than it already has to the casual fan this season.
All the more reason it needs a great start out of Johnny Cueto on Tuesday. Cueto has thrown 72 innings in 13 starts with an ERA just about at the league average.
The Cardinals have had much more experience against Cueto than the Giants have had against Wainwright. They don’t hit him particularly well, though.
Coming into tonight’s game, Cardinals’ batters are hitting just .253 in 142 career at-bats against Cueto. Arenado (6-for-34) has had an especially tough time.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cardinals are 7-1 in their last 8 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Cardinals are 8-17 in their last 25 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Cardinals are 8-20 in their last 28 games as a road underdog.
- Over is 5-0 in Giants last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Over is 5-1 in Giants last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Head to Head: Over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
- Head to Head: Cardinals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Prediction: the Cardinals make it two in a row.
Let’s go with the underdog. Not only have the Cardinals seen Cueto a lot (if not with a ton of success), they are the healthier team with a veteran starting pitcher on the mound who will not fear the guys the Giants are trotting out there.
So as resilient as the Giants have been this season and as poor as St. Louis has been at consistently performing up to expectations, it doesn’t have to remain that way.
The bullpen situation does concern me. The Cardinals used both Reyes and Giovanny Gallegos on Monday and neither had a breezy outing. Those are their two best relievers in a bullpen that isn’t terribly deep.
So rather than play the full game, which I do have a hunch St. Louis will win, play the first five innings and isolate the starting pitching matchup, which has potential to be a good one and a throwback.
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