Betting baseball expectations and excitement are higher than ever for the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants as they have become a top baseball wagering favorites.
The San Francisco Giants will host the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night in what could be a playoff preview in the National League. Game time for Saturday is set for 9:05 PM ET and Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure and have your account open and ready for action.
The probable starting pitchers for this attractive matchup are Jaime Garcia of the Cardinals and Matt Cain for the Giants.
The Cardinals stumbled out of the gate for the season as they dropped 2 of their first 3 games with the MLB betting odds at home against the San Diego Padres to begin the 2011 campaign.
Garcia is a left hander that pitched a complete game shutout in the Redbirds lone win against the Padres as he struck out 9 batters and scattered 4 hits. Last year Garcia was 13-8 with a stellar 2.70 earned run average. The Cardinals will need Garcia at his very best as top aces Matt Holliday and Adam Wainwright are both out indefinitely.
The Giants also struggled out of the gate with a tough series in Los Angeles against the arch rival Dodgers in which they lost 3 out of 4 games.
Cain is a right hander that was the winning pitcher for San Francisco in their lone win at LA with the baseball lines. Cain threw 6 shutout innings while allowing 5 hit and striking out 3 batters. Cain was 13-11 last year with a 3.14 earned run average. Freddy Sanchez had the hot bat for San Francisco as he was 7-15 with 1 double, 1 home run, and 3 runs batted in.
Heading into this series the Giants had won 11 of their last 20 games against the Cardinals with 6 of the last 8 games between the two teams going under the total. The Giants got the money in 8 of their last 12 home games against the Cardinals with the last 3 games between the teams at San Francisco going under the betting baseball total.