St. Louis Cardinals versus San Francisco Giants (July 6)
The Cardinals look to stay above the .500 mark as they take on the Giants, last in the NL West.
Miles Mikolas is scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals and Madison Bumgarner is set to take the mound for the Giants.
Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals’ offense with 20 home runs and 62 RBI.
Paul Goldschmidt has added 14 home runs, but has only 31 RBI and has struck out 95 times.
Paul DeJong has been solid, contributing 13 home runs, however Matt Carpenter has struggled.
He’s batting only .216 with ten home runs and 28 RBI.
The Cardinals are batting .243 as a team with 103 home runs and 4.5 runs per game.
For the Giants, Kevin Pillar has 12 home runs and 46 RBI, however most of that came in a Toronto uniform.
Pablo Sandoval leads the team with a .287 batting average and has added 10 home runs.
Evan Longoria has 11 home runs and 36 RBI, while Brandon Belt has chipped in with 10.
As a team, the Giants are batting only .231 with 84 home runs and 4.1 runs per game.
On the mound, Miles Mikolas has been very mediocre, as his 5-8 record with a 4.34 ERA indicates.
He’s struck out a modest 69 in 95 1/3 innings and has been taken deep 15 times.
The frequently used bullpen has been solid. John Gant and John Brebbia has a combined 2.73 ERA in 85 2/3 innings.
Giovanny Gallegos is the third most worked reliever and is coming in with an ERA of 2.79 in 38 2/3 innings.
As a team, the Cardinals are allowing 4.4 runs per game.
Madison Bumgarner has a relatively disappointing 5-7 record and an ERA of 4.02.
Although he’s struck out 113, he’s been hurt by the long ball, having allowed 17 home runs this season.
Much like the Cardinals, the Giants most frequently used relievers have performed well.
Sam Dyson has allowed only 11 earned runs in 40 innings for an ERA of 2.48. Reyes Moronta…
Trevor Gott and Marc Melancon have combined to a 3.51 ERA over 107 2/3 innings.
As a unit, the Giants have allowed five runs per game.
Both scheduled starters are prone to the home run ball, however neither offense has been exceptional at knocking the ball out of the park.
Considering both offenses tend to struggle to reach the league average in scoring, the pick is to go “under” in this one.
St. Louis is 19-24 on the road and the Giants are just 18-24 at home.
San Francisco has won their last four and I see their hot play continue. Go for the Giants in a 4-3 squeaker.