A pair of underachieving teams from the National League are set to start a three-game series on Monday. The San Francisco Giants are on the road at the St. Louis Cardinals from Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. The visiting San Francisco Giants are just a game over .500, at 33-32, which is third place in the National League West. The Giants trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by 7 games in the divisional race. For the St. Louis Cardinals, they are in last place in the National League Central, with their 27-39 record on the season. St. Louis is 8 games out of first place. San Francisco is -127 in this game, with a total of 8 runs.
Giants Turn to Webb
After dropping Friday and Saturday’s games to the Chicago Cubs, the Giants came back and scored 13 runs in the win on Sunday.
The win for the Giants was just their second in their last six games at home. San Francisco will now turn to Logan Webb to take the mound on Monday. Webb, on the season, is 4-6, with a 3.10 earned run average. Webb is coming off an outing against the Rockies on June 7th, where he allowed 8 hits and 4 earned runs over 5.1 innings.
The Giants are a team that is looking to find what they do best. The Giants are 9th in all of Major League Baseball in home runs hit but have just a .246 batting average on the season. On the pitching side, San Francisco is allowing just a .249 batting average, but their fielding is among the worst in baseball at 98.1%.
Michael Conforto is the leading power hitter for the Giants. He leads with 12 home runs on the season. The Giants’ top batting average is Thairo Estrada, who had two hits in the win against the Cubs, both leaving the ballpark. Estrada also had four runs batted in.
Things are Not Great in St. Louis
Oli Marmol and his job security cannot be really high right now. The Cardinals were a team expecting to be among the top teams in the National League, and instead, have remained at the bottom all season so far. The Cardinals scored three runs early on Sunday but could not score again and fell 4-3 to Cincinnati.
The Cardinals’ pitching has been among the worst in Major League Baseball, as they are allowing more than 9 hits per game. St. Louis sees opponents hitting .269 against them this season as well. The team ERA sits at 4.29 on the season. On the offensive side, the Cardinals are 9th in runs scored, at 4.6 per game, while they are 5th in home runs, with 90.
Nolan Gorman leads the Cardinals with 15 home runs hit, while Nolan Arenado has 13. The former MVP of the National League, Paul Goldschmidt, has hit 10 home runs and currently sits with a .284 batting average.
Cardinals Win at Home
Folks around St. Louis feel they are running into some pretty bad luck and will get things turned around. The more they lose, the less time they have time to come back for this season. Matthew Liberatore is on the mound and looking to bounce back after struggling in his last start. Look for the rookie lefthander to keep the Giants off balance. St. Louis wins this game at home. Bet the underdog, St. Louis Cardinals, at +117 over the Giants.
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