The San Francisco Giants open up the month of July with a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals and hope their bad ending to June won't carry over.
A pair of second place teams square off as the 46-36 Giants and 44-39 Cardinals look to find their groove. The Giants had been in first place since April 21 and now trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 0.5 games in the National League West, while the Cardinals are 6.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
Tonight's matchup is a battle between Tim Lincecum (6-5) and Marco Gonzales (0-0). Lincecum is 5-1 in his career versus the Cardinals with a 2.89 ERA and 50 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
Wednesday night features Ryan Vogelsong (5-4) facing Adam Wainwright (10-4). Vogelsong owns a 2-5 career record against the Cardinals with a 6.60 ERA and 43 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
Thursday afternoon has Madison Bumgarner (9-5) taking on Carlos Martinez (1-3). Bumgarner is 3-3 lifetime facing St. Louis with a 3.57 ERA and 36 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:45 pm.
The Giants are 1-6 on their current 10-game homestand and enter the series on a four-game losing streak. They are 4-15 in their last 19 games and the starters have a 4.55 ERA during this current stretch. The club really misses Angel Pagan and they are 9-11 without him this season.
The Giants are 8-9 versus the NL Central, 2-5 at home facing them and 3-1 on the year against the Cardinals. They are 14-12 in series openers and 18-7 in series finales.
Since 2010, both of these franchises have taken turns winning the NL Pennant as the Giants won in 2010 and 2012, while the Cardinals captured the NL crown in 2011 and 2013. If history continues, then it's the Giants turn to represent the NL in the World Series this year.Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants