Where: Oracle Park
When: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 10:05 pm Eastern
We have a National League West matchup on Saturday night when the St Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants meet for game two of their three-game series. This preview was written prior to the conclusion of Friday nights contests and all opinions are based on the stats from Thursday night MLB contests.
The Cardinals are 1.5 games out of first place in the NL Central Division and plan for righty Miles Mikolas to get the start against San Francisco. The Giants are last in the NL West and scheduled as their probable starter lefty Madison Bumgarner to make the start against the Cardinals. I’m the Flash and will be previewing this game with you today.
Cardinals 1.5 Games From First Place
The Cardinals is fighting and might end up in first place in the Central by the All-Star break. St Louis has outscored their opponents by two runs and has a 19-24 record away from Busch Stadium this season. Outfielder Marcell Ozunaleads the Cardinals with 20 home runs, a team high .259 batting average and leads St Louis with 62 RBI this season.
St Louis has injury concerns with two significant injuries. Infielder Matt Carpenter is out for this series with a back injury and Ozuna will miss this series with a broken finger. Carpenter has a .325 OBP with 10 bombs and 28 RBI and both players will be dearly missed this weekend!!
Mikolas (5-8, 4.34 ERA) has a 1.25 WHIP and his 4.19 xFIP suggests maybe some positive regression is headed the right-hander’s way this season. Mikolas strikes out 6.51 per nine innings with 1.60 walks and 1.42 bombs allowed per nineinnings pitched. The Giants score an average of 3.3 runs per game and has belted 30 home runs at Oracle Park and 63 bombs against right-handed pitching this season.
Giants Offense Coming Alive
The Giants have finally figured out how to score runs and has scored 43 runs over their last five games and enters Friday night riding a four-game winning streak. The Giants have also won six of their last ten games but has been outscored this season by 70 runs and has an 18-25 record this season at Oracle Park. Outfielder Kevin Pillar leads San Francisco with 12 home runs, a team high .256 batting average and leads the Giants with 46 RBI this season.
San Francisco isn’t reporting any injuries for this series with the Cardinals.
Bumgarner (5-7, 4.02 ERA) has a 1.19 WHIP and his 3.99 xFIP suggests maybe some slight positive regression could be in store for the veteran lefty. Bumgarner strikes out 9.27 per nine innings pitched with 1.97 walks and 1.40 home runs allowed per nine innings pitched. St Louis scores an average of 4.4 runs per game with 61 home runs away from Busch Stadium and blasted 26 home runs with a 20 percent strikeout rate against lefties this season.
- Giants are 4-1 in Bumgarner’s last 5 starts with 5 days of rest.
- Giants are 5-2 in Bumgarner’s last 7 starts during game 2 of a series.
- Giants are 5-2 in Bumgarner’s last 7 home starts.
- Cardinals are 1-4 in Mikolas’ last 5 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.