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St Louis -142
St Louis are worth a look here at home in Friday's series opener against the Giants. While San Francisco will have a big name on the mound in ace Madison Bumgarner, the Cardinals are the only team with something to play for, as they try to hold on to the final Wild Card spot in the NL.
Bumgarner comes in with a 3.14 ERA and 1.215 WHIP in 19 starts, but it's been night and day when he starts on the road compared to at home. Bumgarner has a 1.34 ERA in 9 home starts, but owns an awful 5.02 ERA in 10 road starts.
St Louis will counter with John Gant, who is coming off a poor start at home against the Dodgers, but prior to that had gone 7 straight starts where he allowed 2 earned runs or fewer. With the lack of fire-power in the Giants' lineup, look for Gant to bounce back in a big way and for the Cardinals to secure an easy win in this one.
The Giants are 0-7 in their last 7 road games vs team with winning home records and a mere 5-14 in Bumgarner's last 19 road starts. Take St Louis!
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