After a successful 5-1 homestand, the San Francisco Giants embark on a seven-game road trip against the two teams they defeated in the 2012 National League Playoffs in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.
The 34-19 Giants own the best record in baseball, while the 29-24 Cardinals reside in second place in the National League Central. The Cardinals enter tonight's contest having won nine of their last 13 games.
Ryan Vogelsong (3-2) gets the ball in the opener opposing Jamie Garcia (1-0). Vogelsong has a 2-5 career record versus the Cards with a 6.71 ERA and 38 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5:15 pm.
Friday night features Madison Bumgarner (6-3) facing Adam Wainwright (8-2). Bumgarner is 2-3 lifetime against St. Louis with a 4.32 ERA and 26 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5:15 pm.
Saturday afternoon will be a matchup between Matt Cain (1-3) and Michael Wacha (3-3). Cain owns a 2-5 all-time mark versus the Cardinals with a 6.63 ERA and 49 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 11:15 am.
Sunday's series finale pits Tim Hudson (5-2) taking on Lance Lynn (6-2). Hudson has faired 3-4 against St. Louis with a 5.78 ERA and 37 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 11:15 am.
The Giants are 15-10 on the road and have won four of seven series away from AT&T Park, while going 12-5 in series openers and 12-4 in series finales.
The orange and black lead the majors with 41 runs scored in the first inning and showcase a .321 batting average during the inning. They also lead baseball scoring 89 runs with runners in scoring position and a .284 batting average in these clutch situations. The Giants have scored 106 runs with two outs.
The Giants are 18-10 versus teams with a plus .500 record and are 26-5 when scoring first.
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