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Game of the Day: Cardinals at Giants

St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants (+125, 6.5)

The key to success for the San Francisco Giants is apparently to let Tim Lincecum pitch every day. The Giants will try to halt a six-game losing streak when anyone other than Lincecum starts when they host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in the second of a three-game set. Lincecum pitched a no-hitter against San Diego last week and dominated through eight inning in a 5-0 triumph in Tuesday’s series opener.

The Cardinals got off to a decent start on their 10-game road trip by taking two of three in Colorado but have since dropped four of five to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco. St. Louis managed a total of one run in those setbacks and has suffered back-to-back shutouts for the second time this season. The Giants totaled six runs during a four-game slide before Tuesday’s win, which featured Pablo Sandoval’s 100th career home run.

TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), CSN Bay Area (San Francisco)

LINE HISTORY:
The Giants opened as +125 home dogs with the Cards in town. The total opened 6.5.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Cardinals (-176), Giants (-185)

INJURY REPORT: Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong (15-day DL, shoulder). Giants: CF Angel Paga (15-day DL, back), 1B Brandon Belt (15-day DL, thumb).

WHAT THE BOOKS SAY: "After dropping the opening game of the series, the Cardinals send ace Adam Wainwright to the mound to face the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong. The Cardinals have had issues scoring runs this year as they are 28th overall in runs scored and not scoring a run in Wainwright’s last start against the Dodgers losing 1-0. I see this game being another low scoring affair, the Cardinals are favored in this game and are getting 94 percent of the action on the money line, 65 percent of the action on the 1.5 run run line and the under 6.5 run total is seeing 83 percent of the action." Michael Stewart, CarbonSports.ag.

WAG WAR: Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly's wife Ashley Parks and Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong's wife Nicole.



PITCHING MATCHUP:
Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (10-4, 2.01 ERA) vs. Giants RH Ryan Vogelsong (5-4, 3.96)

Wainwright came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 shutout at Los Angeles on Thursday, surrendering the lone run on a single in the eighth inning. The staff ace has allowed a total of four runs in 31 innings over his last four starts. That stretch began after Wainwright was lit up for a season-high seven runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings to suffer a loss to San Francisco on May 30.

Vogelsong is coming off a tough-luck loss as well after allowing one run and striking out seven over six innings Thursday against Cincinnati. The veteran is trying to find some consistency after posting a 1-1 record with a 7.31 ERA in his three previous turns. Vogelsong went up against St. Louis on May 29 and yielded four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings without factoring in the decision.

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TRENDS:

* Cardinals are 1-5 in the last six meetings.
* Over is 5-0 in Vogelsong's last five starts vs. Cardinals.
* Cardinals are 1-4 in their last five games with Kulpa behind home plate.
* Giants are 2-9 in their last 11 home games.

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