San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals Face Off with Matching Season Records: Fan’s Preview

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Thanks to a trip to Coors Field, the San Francisco Giants have turned things around offensively in their three-game sweep over the Colorado Rockies. Capping off the series with an 8-3 victory on Sunday, the Giants hit .360 with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs, and 35 runs in their past three games. After facing an easier competitor in the Rockies, the Giants will now face a very stiff competitor on the road in the St. Louis Cardinals.

There are several similarities between these two teams striving to make the postseason. The two teams both have great rotations, with the Giants relying on the likes of Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner and with the Cardinals relying on unlikely production from Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly. Also, outfielder Carlos Beltran links the two teams together, as the All-Star signed with the Cardinals this offseason after spending the last few months of the 2011 season with the Giants.

The biggest similarity between these two teams is found in their matching season records. With both teams are 59-49, the Giants hope to carry their momentum from Colorado over to Missouri against a Cardinals team that has won seven of their last 10 games and just swept the Milwaukee Brewers.

On the mound for the Giants will be Matt Cain, who is 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA in seven career starts against the Cardinals. St. Louis will start Jake Westbrook, who is winless with a 4.67 ERA in three career starts against the Giants. With both starting pitchers struggling in their last respective starts, both Cain and Westbrook will look to rebound and lead their teams to victory on Monday night.

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will visit the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium located in St. Louis, MO on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 5:15 p.m. PT. This will be the first game in a four-game series.

Season series:

Season series tied 1-1.

Standings:

San Francisco comes into the matchup with a 59-49 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 27-26 when playing on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.

St. Louis enters the game with a 59-49 record and in third place in the National League Central. They are 32-21 when playing at home and have won seven of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

San Francisco: Matt Cain

2012 season: 10-4, 2.82 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 135 Ks

Numbers vs. Cardinals in last five years: 1-2, 4.29 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 25 Ks

St. Louis: Jake Westbrook

2012 season: 10-8, 3.79 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 85 K

Numbers vs. Giants in last five years: 0-1, 4.67 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 13 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

Batting statistic leaders:

San Francisco: Melky Cabrera - .352 batting average, Buster Posey - 16 home runs, Buster Posey - 69 runs batted in.

St. Louis: Matt Holliday - .324 batting average, Carlos Beltran - 25 home runs, Carlos Beltran - 77 runs batted in.

Sources:

Cain, Westbrook aiming to rebound, MLB.com

Giants-Cardinals Preview, AP

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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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