Posted: 5/19/2017 1:48:49 PM
The St. Louis Cardinals have been playing some pretty solid baseball this season but will be looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since mid-April when they welcome the San Francisco Giants to town in Friday’s slate of MLB action. Oddsmakers initially set the Cards as -145 home chalk with a total of 7.5.
The total has gone OVER in 13 of the Cardinals' last 17 games against right-handed starting pitchers.
The Cardinals are 6-2 SU in their last eight games after a loss.
The Cardinals (2.85) are the only team in the majors with a sub-3.00 ERA this month. They posted a 4.08 team ERA in April. This 1.23 ERA improvement from April to May is the best in the majors.
The total has gone OVER in seven of the Giants' last 10 games on the road against teams with winning records.
Matt Moore and Michael Wacha are expected to get the nod for the Giants and Cardinals, respectively. Moore (2-4, 5.67 ERA) threw 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball to beat Cincinnati in his last appearance to lower his ERA to 2.57 at AT&T Park, but he’s been hammered to the tune of an 0-3 record and 10.50 ERA in four starts away from home.
Wacha (2-1, 3.19) has pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts while recording five quality starts in that span. Wacha has dominated the Giants of late, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.88 ERA and .231 batting average against San Fran in his last four starts against them.
Favored teams are cashing when these teams collide, as faves are 13-4 SU in the last 17 games between the squads. Cardinals ML