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Preview: Cardinals during Giants


The San Francisco Giants managed to spin an strenuous lead in a National League West into a practical tie with a muted June, and a St. Louis Cardinals did zero to help. The Giants will try to take advantage of a Cardinals when they open a three-game array in San Francisco on Tuesday. St. Louis had a possibility to keep a Giants in a lead alone though forsaken 3 of 4 to a impassioned Los Angeles Dodgers over a weekend.

San Francisco hold a 7 1/2-game lead over a Dodgers during a start of Jun though floundered to 10-16 in a month, including being swept over 4 games during home opposite a Cincinnati Reds over a weekend. Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter is a sole win a Giants have managed in a final 7 contests – all during home. The Cardinals were flummoxed by a pitching staff of Los Angeles and managed a sum of 4 runs in a array while being close out twice.

TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), CSN Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals LH Marco Gonzales (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. Giants RH Tim Lincecum (6-5, 4.42)

Gonzales is creation his second major-league start after removing rocked for 5 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings during Colorado on Wednesday. The 22-year-old walked a span and struck out 3 while surrendering one home run opposite a Rockies. Gonzales relies on a clever changeup and has a mark in a revolution with a group battling by injuries.

Lincecum is no longer a consistently widespread starter that won a span of Cy Young Awards though is still able of occasional brilliance. The 30-year-old tossed his second career no-hitter opposite a Padres on Wednesday, distinguished out six, and has authorised 3 or fewer runs in 7 of his final 9 starts. Lincecum is 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 7 career starts opposite St. Louis.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Cardinals removed OF Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis and optioned RHP Jorge Rondon.

2. San Francisco 1B Brandon Belt (thumb) and CF Angel Pagan (back) could both come off a DL this week.

3. St. Louis LHP Nick Greenwood, who was taken Sunday after throwing 53 pitches a prior day, is approaching to be prepared for Tuesday.

PREDICTION: Giants 6, Cardinals 5

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/01/bbo-cardinals-giants-preview-idUSMTZEA7115BGJE20140701

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