National League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, May 31
(All times Eastern)
San Francisco Giants (29-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (35-18), 8:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Matt Cain (4-2, 5.00)
St. Louis - Shelby Miller (5-3, 2.02)
(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants will try to solve their road woes
on Friday as they open a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals at
San Francisco entered the day only 1 1/2 games back of NL West-leading
Arizona. However, the Giants are just 9-15 on the road this season, compared
to 20-10 at home. Beginning Friday, they'll play 12 of their next 14 in
The Giants avoided suffering a fourth straight loss at the hands of Bay-rival
Oakland on Thursday thanks to Pablo Sandoval's go-ahead, two-run single that
sparked a four-run sixth inning.
"If this game got away from us, it would have been a long flight to St. Louis,
believe me," manager Bruce Bochy said of his Giants, who have dropped 10 of 16
overall. "I thought (Thursday) was really critical."
St. Louis leads the NL Central division and owns the best record in the
majors, at 35-18. After winning this week's home-and-home interleague series
with Kansas City, the Cardinals have not lost a series in their last nine
"It's a good run, but I think that we're kind of just focused on the next
game. We're playing well, we put some wins together and I think we kind of
have a short memory," first baseman Allen Craig said. "We're just focused on
the next game and not thinking too far back in the past, thinking about all
the wins or losses or anything like that. You know, one day as a time, as
cliche as it sounds, that's kind of how we're rolling."
Despite their overall success in the month of May (20-7), the Cards hold only
a two-game lead over Pittsburgh and a three-game cushion over Cincinnati in
the division standings.
They will turn to Shelby Miller to start Friday's series opener. The rookie
right-hander boasts an impressive 2.02 ERA through 10 starts, although he has
failed to make it through six innings in each of his last three outings.
Miller gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of work at Dodger
Stadium his last time out.
Meanwhile, the Giants hope to get Matt Cain into a groove. After a rough first
month of the season (6.49 ERA in six April starts), the right-hander has
settled down and reeled off a four-game winning streak with a 3.48 ERA over
his last five starts. However, Cain walked a season-high five batters against
the Rockies on Saturday. In a start against the Cardinals earlier this season,
he gave up nine runs on seven hits and exited after just 3 2/3 innings.
St. Louis took two out of three from the Giants back in the first week of
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