Giants vs. Cardinals MLB Best Bet: High Emotions, Hot Bats – Go ‘Over’

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MLB Pick: Over 8.5 (-118) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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With the passing of Willie Mays this week, there will be extra emotions and electricity on Thursday inside Birmingham’s Rickwood Field. How could that affect the outcome of the game between the Giants and Cardinals, and how should bettors approach the MLB odds at top sportsbooks?

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San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Thursday, June 20, 2024 – 07:15 PM ET at Rickwood Field

The rivalry between the Giants and Cardinals spans three centuries, and the hype is only increased holding Thursday’s contest where Willie Mays broke into professional baseball following the sad news of Say Hey’s passing this week.

Young Hurlers in Spotlight on Mound

It’s not exactly a barnburner of a pitching matchup as Keaton Winn (3-7, 6.66) takes the mound for San Francisco while St. Louis opts for Andre Pallante (2-3, 4.61), but there are some competitive lines with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) favoring the Cardinals on a -116 moneyline.

Winn’s devilish ERA has more than doubled since the end of April, and the result has been San Francisco in each of his five starts across May and June. This will be his first look at the Cardinals since making his MLB debut against them last June.

This will be Pallante’s fifth consecutive start since beginning the year in the St. Louis bullpen, and his only experience against the Giants has also come in relief outings.

Giants Ruled Series in 2023

San Francisco won 6 of the 7 meetings a year ago, including all 3 in St. Louis where the teams head to complete the set this weekend. Totals ran 3-4 O/U last season on MLB odds boards.

Thursday’s total is set at 8.5 and is priced to the ‘over’, and on a warm, muggy evening in Birmingham, that’s exactly the way I’m playing it.

MLB Pick: Over 8.5 (-118) at Heritage Sports

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