The San Francisco Giants (60-50) and St. Louis Cardinals (60-50) will continue an important National League series on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 ET on ESPN
San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco won for the fourth time in five games on its current road trip, picking up a 4-2 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday night, as All-Star catcher Buster Posey continues to amaze at the plate. He is batting .432 with 13 RBIs over the course of his 11-game hit streak. “Posey’s swinging the bat like he can,” commented Giants pitcher Barry Zito. Offensively, the team finished the contest with 11 hits, with four players turning in multi-hit games. San Francisco is 9-9 as a road underdog of +100 to +125, with the “over” going 11-7 in that situation.
Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (9-5, 2.38 ERA) has led the club to three wins in his last four efforts, including a 16-4 road victory over the Colorado Rockies last time out, giving up four runs and five hits over 6.1 frames. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA in nine road outings, issuing 18 walks and striking out 49 batters in 60 innings. In 15 career games (five starts) versus the Cardinals, Vogelsong has tallied a 1-4 record and 7.65 ERA, with opposing hitters batting .319 against him.
St. Louis allowed three first-inning runs and was unable to recover, as the team suffered its first loss in eight home games. The Cardinals have been led offensively by outfielder Carlos Beltran, who has a nine-game hit streak, which could continue due to having three hits in his last six at-bats against tonight’s opposing starter. Winning close games has eluded this club during the 2012 season, posting a 16-31 record in games decided by two runs or fewer, while their current opponent is 34-24 in that role.
Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly (2-4, 3.14 ERA) snapped a personal four-game losing streak in picking up a 9-3 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in his last outing, allowing three runs and 10 hits over 5.2 innings. The rookie right-hander is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA in six home starts, serving up just three home runs in 33 combined frames. Kelly will be making his first-ever appearance against the Giants in front of a nationally-televised audience.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinals due to their 16-5 mark as a home favorite, while the Giants are 3-7 in Vogelsong’s last 10 starts versus NL Central teams.
Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -116
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