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Giants Vs. Cardinals: Game One Preview

The Giants and Cardinals come into their four-game series with identical records as both teams continue to look for momentum in the closing months of the season.

July 15, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (18) winds up during the first inning against the Houston Astros at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Beck Diefenbach-US PRESSWIRE
July 15, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (18) winds up during the first inning against the Houston Astros at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Beck Diefenbach-US PRESSWIRE

Let's see if a change of scenery can do Matt Cain some good.

As the San Francisco Giants travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in the first game of a four-game series, Cain will be looking to bounce back from what was his second-shortest start of the season. Cain only lasted five innings while giving up seven hits and two runs to the New York Mets on Wednesday.

"I felt fine in the bullpen, but for some reason I went out there and it all changed," said Cain on MLB.com. "I just battled myself the whole time. It was a long five innings for me."

Cain is still an All-Star pitcher and he will take this opportunity to right the ship of a season that still sits at 10-4 with a 2.82 ERA.

Meanwhile, Cain will face the Cardinals' Jake Westbrook, who gave up nine hits and five earned runs in six innings of work in his last start, a 9-6 Cardinals win.

Westbrook is 10-8 with a 3.79 ERA in 21 starts this season.

Both teams come into the series with identical 59-49 records.

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