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Giants Cardinals Betting – Cardinals Look To Break Lincecum At Home

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 5/27/2011 6:43:57 PM
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The online sports betting week will open with the top teams from two National League divisions hooking up for a three-game set in the Midwest. While the defending NL champion San Francisco Giants find themselves back at the top of the West division, the St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the biggest surprises so far, taking control of the Central division ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds.

San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals

Tuesday May 31, 2011 – 7:09 PM ET

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

MLB Betting Line: Giants - 115

While the Giants have played well at AT&T Park, they have struggled on the road so far in 2011, and will need to reverse that trend to keep their position ahead of the surging Arizona Diamondbacks. They should have their best shot to steal a victory away from home on Tuesday with their ace Tim Lincecum on the mound against the Cardinals’ Jake Westbrook.

MLB Betting Preview: San Francisco Giants

The 26-year old Lincecum has been consistent all season, only his teammates haven’t lent him enough support for San Francisco to clinched the amount of wins they should have with their ace on the mound. Lincecum has allowed more than three runs only once this season and has allowed just three earned runs through his past four starts. That includes a three-hit complete game shutout against the Oakland Athletics, yet despite his 2.06 ERA Lincecum has earned just two victories on the year. The fact that the Giants are still in playoff contention despite posting the worst offense in the NL heading into last weekend is testament to how strong their pitching staff has been, but eventually the runs will have to start coming in if they are going to remain on top.

MLB Betting Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have the best run-differential in the NL, and that is in big part due to a couple of unlikely heroes that have made a huge offensive impact in 2011. Veteran Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday combined to hit .350 through their first 83 at-bats, and as long as they continue to show up players like Albert Pujols the offense will be just fine. St. Louis will need to get to Lincecum early to lend some support to starter Jake Westbrook, whose 5.17 ERA is the highest in the team’s starting rotation. Westbrook has been better of late with just one earned run allowed consecutive wins against the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals, and he will need to continue on that ahead of the 2011 Belmont Stakes betting.

Who To Bet On?

Lincecum has looked absolutely dominant lately, but he could be due for a tough road outing and if he falters, the Giants don’t have the offense to bail him out. Westbrook has looked very good in his last two starts, and should be able to continue his strong play against a San Francisco lineup that has struggled and is now without 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey as well.

MLB Betting Pick: St. Louis Cardinals

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