San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals - 10/12/14 2014 NLCS Pick, Odds, Prediction
San Francisco Giants (88-74) at St. Louis Cardinals (90-72)
MLB Baseball: Sunday
Jake Peavy (R) (8-13) (3.629) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (15-10) (2.747)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / San Francisco Giants --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will play game two of the NLCS Sunday night at Busch Stadium.
The San Francisco Giants won game one with a 3-0 shutout, as their pitching continues to be dominant. It was the second shutout of the postseason for the Giants, and it was the seventh time in eight games where they allowed three or less runs. The Giants allowed just four hits in the game one victory and have allowed just eight hits in their last two games. Offensively, Pablo Sandoval has nine hits in this year’s postseason and Brandon Belt has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Giants have been held to three or less runs in five straight games. Taking the mound Sunday is Jake Peavy, who is 7-13 with a 3.73 ERA and has 158 strikeouts in 202.2 innings. In this year’s postseason, Peavy is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and has three strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
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The St. Louis Cardinals offensive struggles continue, as they’ve scored three or less runs in 13 of their last 17 games. The Cardinals were the worst offensive team heading into the playoffs, and they’ve scored a combined six runs in their last three games. One hitter who stays hot is Matt Carpenter, who now has seven hits and three homers in the postseason, while Yadier Molina is starting to pick things up on the offensive end with four hits in the postseason. The St. Louis Cardinals however know they’ll be just fine with a pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in 12 of their last 18 games. Despite the game one loss, the Cardinals didn’t allow a run for the final six innings. Taking the mound Sunday is Lance Lynn, who is 15-10 with a 2.74 ERA and has 181 strikeouts in 203.2 innings. In this postseason, Lynn is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and has eight strikeouts in six innings.
The Giants are 5-0 in Peavys last 5 road starts, 7-0 in Peavys last 7 starts overall and 21-7 in their last 28 playoff games. The Cardinals are 7-3 in Lynns last 10 home starts, 0-5 in Lynns last 5 starts overall and 7-3 in their last 10 playoff home games. The Giants are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in St. Louis.
While there's no odds on this game just yet, I'm going with the Cardinals regardless of the line. St. Louis is an experienced team and knows it can't go down early in this series if they hope to win. Look for the Cardinals bats to wake up a bit and Lynn to show up like he has much of this season.