Flaherty, Cardinals to face Samardzija, Giants on Sunday
San Francisco; Sunday, 4 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cardinals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Either St. Louis or San Francisco will take home a series victory with a win.
The Giants are 19-26 in home games. The San Francisco offense has compiled a .232 batting average as a team this season, last in the league. Buster Posey leads the team with a mark of .255.
The Cardinals are 20-25 on the road. The St. Louis pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.18, Jack Flaherty leads the staff with a mark of 4.90. The Giants won the last meeting 8-4. Sam Dyson earned his third victory and Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for San Francisco. Miles Mikolas registered his ninth loss for St. Louis.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kevin Pillar leads the Giants with 31 extra base hits and is slugging .422. Evan Longoria is 9-for-27 with two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for San Francisco.
LAST 10 GAMES: Giants: 6-4, .289 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runs
Cardinals: 4-6, .255 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by 12 runs
Cardinals Injuries: Mike Mayers: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jordan Hicks: 10-day IL (elbow), John Gant: day-to-day (leg), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Marcell Ozuna: 10-day IL (hand), Jedd Gyorko: 10-day IL (back), Matt Carpenter: 10-day IL (back).