Cardinals vs. Giants Saturday Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants, 7/7/2018 Prediction & Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants split the first two games of their four-game weekend series. After one over and one under also cashed in the first two games, how will Game 3 track for bettors at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday?

Game Snapshot & Odds

903 St. Louis Cardinals (-110) at 904 San Francisco Giants (+100); 8 runs

Saturday, July 7, 2018

4:05 p.m. ET, AT&T Park

TV: STL (FSMW); SF (NBCSBA)

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cardinals as a -110 favorite. As of this writing, 72% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Giants on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Cardinals' Martinez pitches well in win over Diamondbacks

Carlos Martinez allowed two runs over six innings with seven strikeouts in a victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday. Martinez allowed six hits and two walks, but he was able to limit the damage, thanks in large part to the aforementioned strikeouts. It’s back-to-back strong starts for the right-hander, and Martinez is starting to look like the hurler he was before hitting the disabled list in May. He’ll take a 3.20 ERA over 78 2/3 innings when he toes the rubber again on Saturday against the Giants.

Giants' Samardzija set to return Saturday to face Cardinals

Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) is scheduled to return to the Giants' starting rotation Saturday against the Cardinals. Samardzija allowed two runs over six innings in his final minor league rehab start Monday at Triple-A Sacramento. In four total rehab starts, he registered a 5.29 ERA. The 33-year-old right-hander is probably a wait-and-see option in competitive mixed fantasy leagues. He had a rough 6.56 ERA through 35 2/3 innings with San Francisco when he landed on the disabled list May 30 with a right shoulder injury.

MLB Betting Trends

St. Louis

The Cardinals have won five of their last seven road games despite losing on Friday night.

San Francisco

The Giants snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday night with their 3-2 victory and are 5-2 in their last seven games coming off a win.

Prediction:

In his last two starts, Martinez looked more like the pitcher that dominated opponents before he was placed on the disabled list with a lat strain than the walk machine that he was when he first came off the D.L. He owns a 3.20 ERA, a 22.8% strikeout rate and is generating ground balls at a 49.5% clip. He should hold a struggling San Francisco offense in check. The under is 4-1 in the Giants' lat five games overall, is 5-2 in their last seven home games and is 5-2-1 in Chris Conroy's last eight games behind the dish.

 

The Pick: Cardinals/Giants under 8

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