San Francisco Giants Face Tall Order in St. Louis Cardinals’ Lance Lynn to Even Up Series: Fan’s Preview

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After dominating at Coors Field, the San Francisco Giants struggled at Busch Stadium, losing 8-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals to start their four-game series. Playing against a team with much success at home, the Giants will face an even more dominant starter than Jake Westbrook in All-Star Lance Lynn.

The big right-hander has had great success for the Cardinals all season. In his last five starts, Lynn is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and has not allowed a run at home in 12 straight innings. If there's one hope for the Giants, it is that Lynn did struggle against the team at home back on June 2, allowing five runs over 5.1 innings of a 12-7 loss.

Giants starter Barry Zito on the other hand is currently in one of his roughest stretches of the season. After going 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA in his last three starts, he also has a 1-6 record, 5.23 ERA, and 1.81 WHIP against the Cardinals in his career. Also considering that current Cardinals have batted .289 lifetime against Zito, the Giants may need to rely on great performances by their hitters and bullpen to potentially tie the series.

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will visit the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium located in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 5:15 p.m. PT. This will be the second game in a four-game series.

Season series:

Cardinals lead series 2-1.

Standings:

San Francisco comes into the matchup with a 59-50 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 27-27 when playing on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.

St. Louis enters the game with a 60-49 record and in third place in the National League Central. They are 33-21 when playing at home and have won seven of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

San Francisco: Barry Zito

2012 season: 8-8, 4.27 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 71 Ks

Numbers vs. Cardinals in last five years: 1-6, 5.45 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 32 Ks

St. Louis: Lance Lynn

2012 season: 13-4, 3.40 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 127 K

Numbers vs. Giants in last five years: 0-1, 8.44 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 5 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched live locally at the following:

In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD and KNBR 680

In St. Louis: FS-M and KMOX 1120

Lineups:

San Francisco: CF Angel Pagan, 2B Marco Scutaro, LF Melky Cabrera, C Buster Posey, RF Hunter Pence, 1B Brandon Belt, SS Brandon Crawford, 3B Joaquin Arias, P Barry Zito

St. Louis: 2B Skip Schumaker, 1B Allen Craig, LF Matt Holliday, RF Carlos Beltran, 3B David Freese, C Yadier Molina, CF Jon Jay, SS Rafael Furcal, P Lance Lynn

Sources:

Giants hoping to slow Cardinals' home roll, MLB.com

Giants-Cardinals Preview, AP

Lance Lynn Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

Barry Zito Career Split Stats, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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