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Bet on the MLBThe 22-15 St. Louis Cardinals and the 18-19 San Francisco Giants will be playing in their second matchup at San Francisco's AT&T Park today. This is the last game between the teams under August when the Giants travel to St. Louis. The Cardinals had a 4-1 win yesterday in the first game of this short series in California.
Carlos Beltran is expected to return for the Cardinals today. Beltran has been out with a sore knee for the past three days. He leads the Cardinals with 13 home runs and 32 RBI. His 13 home runs are also the best in the National League and tied for second overall in the majors. Shortstop Rafael Furcal is second in the National League with a .370 average. It is the third best in the majors behind Josh Hamilton and David Wright. Outfielder Jon Jay is fifth with a .343 average.
Adam Wainwright is today's starter for the Cardinals. He is 2-4 with a 6.16 ERA. He had his second-shortest outing on May 12 when he gave up five runs in 4.1 innings to Atlanta.
The San Francisco Giants have been on an offensive slump throughout the season. The team is twenty-sixth in the majors in runs scored with only 134. This is compared to the Cardinals' 202, the second-best total in the majors. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is currently on the 15-day disabled list due to a hand injury. He leads the Giants with five home runs and has a .316 average. Melky Cabrera is the team leader with a .331 average and 16 RBI.
Santiago Casilla also has eight saves. He has filled in the closer position ever since Brian Wilson was injured.
Matt Cain will be pitching for the Giants today. He has a 2.28 ERA and is 2-2 for this year. His last game was on May 12. He gave up three hits and one run in six innings against Arizona for his second win of the season.
The Giants have a narrow advantage for the game thanks to how Wainwright has been struggling this year. The Giants are -128 favorites while the Cardinals are down at +118. Click here to see the rest of the baseball odds and news. The over/under on runs from both teams is 6.5.