Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals-Giants Preview

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals-Giants Preview

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Scouting report * The Giants have played the most one-run games in the majors at 51, winning 27, but they are 7-14 in such decisions since the All-Star break. ... Since the break, they are 20-35 and have batted .224 with men in scoring position. ... All-Star catcher Buster Posey has not had a homer in nearly two months (177 at- bats), his last coming July 16. It is the longest drought of his career.

San Francisco relievers have converted just four of their last 10 save chances, and the Giants' bullpen has blown 27 saves for the season. On 10 occasions, the Giants have lost games in which they had leads of three or more runs. In the last two years combined, they did that only seven times.

The Cardinals were eliminated from the postseason in both 2012 and 2014 in San Francisco, but last year they won two of three games played there during the season. …

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