Cardinals vs Giants Prediction - MLB Picks 4/26/23

San Francisco Giants (9-13) vs St. Louis Cardinals (9-14)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 9:45 pm (Oracle Park)

Anthony DeSclafani (1-1) (2.62) vs Steven Matz (0-3) (6.55)

Betting Odds: San Francisco Giants +105 / St. Louis Cardinals -135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants will play game three of their four-game set this Wednesday from Oracle Park. San Francisco stole game one with a thee-run ninth inning to win by one, 5-4.

Cardinals Betting Preview

St. Louis fell to 9-16 following the loss to San Francisco. The Cardinals were shut out for the second time this season last night, and they’ll look to respond abruptly here, as they sit below .500. The St. Louis offense is scoring 3.93 runs per game, while batting .276, with a .344 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.54 ERA, with a 1.51 WHIP. Nolan Arenado has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he leads the Cards in batting average (.328) and RBI (13). Paul Goldschmidt has produced a RBI in four of the last six games, and he’s right behind Arenado in average at .327. 

Steven Matz (0-3, 6.55 ERA, 24 Ks) will start for St. Louis. The eighth-year left hander has struggled with containment early this season, allowing four runs or more in three of his first four outings. Matz struck out seven over 5 ⅓ innings in Seattle, and suffered a second straight losing decision in his last start. Matz has cleared six strikeouts in three of four games, and could be worth eyeing from a prop standpoint if he can hold up in the Bay.  

Giants Betting Preview

San Francisco is 11-13 following the win over St. Louis. The Giants dropped their fourth straight game, and they’ll look to stop the bleeding Tuesday. The San Francisco offense is scoring 4.81 runs per game, while batting .240, with a .337 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.13 ERA, with a 1.28 WHIP. Thairo Estrada leads the Giants in hitting (.324) after recording a hit in six of the last seven games. J.D. Davis has recorded multiple hits in three of the last six games, and he’s first on the team in RBI (13).

Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 2.63 ERA, 21 Ks) will make the start for San Francisco. The tenth-year righty has pitched well despite taking his first loss last week against the Mets. DeSclafani delivered three straight quality starts to open the season, while allowing a combined three earned runs, so he’ll look to get back on track here versus the Cards. 

St. Louis vs San Francisco Trends

St. Louis is 10-13 against the spread this season, with a 10-12-1 over/under record. San Francisco is 10-12 ATS this year, with a 11-10-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

San Francisco took the first contest, and they enter game two with a noticeable advantage on the bump. Anthony DeSclafani has been sound this season, and after struggling in his last outing, he should have more command on the hill this Wednesday. Steven Matz looks extremely vulnerable early on, after being blown up in three straight starts, it’s very hard to justify trusting him on the road. Back San Fran for game two, and look into the Over as insurance, as Matz has given up four or more runs in each of his appearances.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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