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 

St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran has enjoyed success against tonight's opposing starter

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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