St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco: May 19-21 (Home)
Fortunately for the Cardinals, the Giants just don’t seem to have it this year. They sit last in their division. The starting rotation is leaning heavily on Johnny Cueto and an aged Matt Cain. The lineup is also aging as well. Oh yeah, that Madison Bumgarner guy? Out with an injury.
Seems like nothing is going right for the Giants at this time. However, that doesn’t mean they wont show up to play. I don’t know about you, but I feel like every time the Cardinals and Giants play, we lose the series. Maybe it’s the playoff exits, but I just feel like they have our number.
If the Cardinals follow my projected path of wins and losses, my guess is that they will still feel pretty good coming into the series against the Giants. If both teams schedules pan out, the Cardinals will avoid a game against Cueto. Instead they are projected to face Matt Moore in the first game, Jeff Samardzija in the second, and Matt Cain in the third game.
Both Moore and Samardzija have struggled out the gate this year and could be ripe for the picking. Cain has overcome injuries from last year to have a rather impressive beginning to 2017. If the Giants somehow manage to climb out of their early hole in the division, my bet is that Matt Cain is dominating like he did a couple of years ago.
Mike Leake vs. Matt Moore
Michael Wacha vs. Jeff Samardzija
Carlos Martinez vs. Matt Cain
One thing to watch for is the two games against the left-handed pitchers. Why? Because the next opponent the Cardinals face has a certain left-hander who is really good. I only say this because it will be important to see the at-bats they take. Moore and Cain are certainly beatable and Samardzija does not scare me either.
Yet, I still won’t pick the Cardinals to sweep. Those dang Giants will continue to haunt.
Cardinals May Record: 11-7