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St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants - 10/14/14 NLCS Pick, Odds, Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) at San Francisco Giants (88-74)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday

John Lackey (R) (15-10) (3.732) vs. Tim Hudson (R) (9-13) (3.478)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -117 / St. Louis Cardinals +108 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants will play game three of the NLCS Tuesday afternoon at AT&T Park.

As if the struggles for the St. Louis Cardinals to put runs on the board weren’t difficult enough as it is, they’ll now be without star catcher Yadier Molina due to injury. The Cardinals found some much needed offense in their game two victory, but they’ve still been held to three or less runs in four of their last five games. Matt Carpenter has really led the way for the Cardinals this postseason, as he has four homers and eight hits in 24 at bats. With Molina out and others struggling, the Cards need a boost from Matt Holliday, who has more strikeouts than hits this postseason and has done nothing offensively in this series. Taking the mound Tuesday for the St. Louis Cardinals is John Lackey, who is 14-10 with a 3.82 ERA and has 164 strikeouts in 198 innings. In this postseason, Lackey is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and has eight strikeouts in seven innings.

St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants - 10/14/14 NLCS Pick, Odds, Prediction

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In the game two loss, the San Francisco Giants allowed more than three runs for just the second time this postseason. It was also just the first time this postseason where Buster Posey didn’t finish with at least one hit. Pablo Sandoval has woken up in this series, as he’s produced four of his 10 hits in the postseason in his last two games, and Travis Ishikawa has three hits in five at bats in this series. The San Francisco Giants look to return to their dominant pitching in this game, as they’ve won eight straight contests when allowing three or less runs. Taking the mound for San Fran is Tim Hudson, who is 9-13 with a 3.57 ERA and has 120 strikeouts in 189.1 innings. In this postseason, Hudson is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and has eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

The Cardinals are 4-9 in their last 13 playoff road games, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 1-4 in Lackeys last 5 road starts. The Giants are 6-1 in their last 7 playoff home games, 16-5 in their last 21 home games and 1-5 in Hudsons last 6 starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Francisco.

The Giants will bounce back here in front of their home crowd. As expected, this series should go back and forth. 

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