The San Francisco Giants (59-50) and St. Louis Cardinals (60-49) will continue an important National League series on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 ET
San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco had its three-game win streak snapped in an 8-2 setback to St. Louis on Monday night, as the team has now dropped two of three games in the season series. Despite the loss, the Giants have to be happy with catcher Buster Posey’s contributions at the plate, hitting .458 since the All-Star break. The club came into last night’s affair ranking second in the majors in averaging 5.08 runs per game away from AT&T Park. San Francisco is 2-1 as a road underdog of +150 to +175 this season.
Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (8-8, 4.27 ERA) will look to bounce back from two forgettable efforts, allowing 11 runs and 13 hits over 9.2 innings in consecutive home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. The left-hander is 4-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 10 road outings, surrendering eight home runs in 57.1 combined frames. In eight career games versus the Cardinals, Zito has tallied a 1-6 record and 5.23 ERA, including an 0-3 mark and 11.25 ERA in three outings at this ballpark.
St. Louis is on a roll in front of the home fans, winning 12 o fits last 13 games played at Busch Stadium, as the team is trying to chase down other teams in the NL playoff race. “We need to get wins,” commented Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay. He’s played a major part in the team’s recent run inside this ballpark, hitting .367 at home compared to just .217 on the road. St. Louis is 4-4 as a home favorite of -175 to -200, with the “under” going 5-3 in that situation.
Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (13-4, 3.40 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of an 8-2 road loss to the Colorado Rockies last time out, giving up two runs and seven hits over six frames. The right-hander is 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA in eight home outings, surrendering just two home runs in 48.1 innings. In his major-league debut against the Giants on June 2, 2011, Lynn suffered a 12-7 setback at home, giving up five runs and four hits over 5.1 innings.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this contest, with the OVER cashing in five of the last six meetings in St. Louis.