San Francisco (35-23) at St Louis (29-27)
When: Friday, June 3rd 2016
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
The St. Louis Cardinals used the long-ball on Saturday night to rally past the San Francisco Giants 7-4 and the two will meet on Sunday Night Baseball in the rubber-match of their three-game set. After scoring just one run in each of its previous two games, St. Louis rallied from a 4-0 deficit with a huge power display, belting two homers in both the fifth and sixth inning to grab a 6-4 lead. Brandon Moss, who finished a double shy of the cycle, has homered in three of his last six games. Matt Adams also homered and has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 contests. St. Louis has five four-homer games this season – more than it totaled over the previous three years combined. The Giants’ Brandon Crawford scored twice while recording a double and a triple, giving him his third consecutive two-hit performance and sixth in his last 11 games.
Pitchers: Giants – Jake Peavy (2-5, 6.34 ERA) | Cardinals – Carlos Martinez (5-5, 3.69)
Jake Peavy got off to a horrible start this season, but is coming off his best start of the year on Tuesday. He allowed just one hit and struck out three over seven scoreless innings in a victory over Atlanta. Peavy has given up fewer than two runs in three of his last four outings but recorded just one victory in that span and is only 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in five road contests this year. Peavy, who is seeking his 150th career victory, is 3-4 with a 2.97 ERA in nine starts against St. Louis.
Carlos Martinez will take the mound for St. Louis and he was terrific in his last outing. He allowed five hits while striking out eight in eight scoreless innings in a victory over Milwaukee on Monday. The win halted a five-game losing streak for Martinez, who allowed four or more runs in four of the defeats. Martinez, who has posted a 5.03 ERA at home this season, is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three career appearances – one start – versus San Francisco.
Despite Peavy’s recent success, I just don’t trust the 35-year old anymore. He gets knocked around too much for my liking. I thought Martinez would have a better season this year and he took a step in the right direction in his last outing. I like the Cardinals to come through with the victory tonight.
Pick: Cardinals -140