Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick NLCS Game Three - 10/14/13
St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) at Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Adam Wainwright (R) (21-9) (2.829) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) (14-8) (3.139)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers +110 / St. Louis Cardinals -120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The NLCS heads out West where the St Louis Cardinals visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three.
The Cardinals potent offense has been held in check by the Dodgers pitching but they haven't needed much of an offense because the Cardinals pitching has been even better. Rookie Michael Wacha turned in yet another spectacular performance with a five hit shut out over 6.2 innings pitched while striking out eight to pick up his second win of the playoffs. Four relievers put up zeros while Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the 9th to record the save. The Redbirds were quiet with the bats with only a pair of hits and two free passes that saw Jay Bruce cracked a sacrifice fly to score David Freese in the 5th. St Louis hands the game three starting assignment to Adam Wainwright who looks to go 3-0 in the postseason. In two victories over the Pirates Wainwright has allowed two runs on eleven hits over 16 innings.
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I have to admit I am a bit frustrated by the Dodgers who were unbeatable for a long stretch of the second half of the season. The work on the mound has to be frustrated as well with Don Mattingly mismanaging game one while the bats have done virtually nothing in two defeats in the NLCS. Saturday's defeat was painful for two reasons with the the offense struggling once again and the lone run being unearned thanks to a passed ball that got Freese to third where he scored on a sac fly. That made a loser of Clayton Kershaw who tossed a two hitter through six frames while whiffing five. The bats totaled just five hits and walked once and have not scored in 19 innings. The Dodgers turn to right hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to get the team in the win column against St Louis. Ryu strruggled in his lone appearance in the NLDS in a 13-6 win (ND) where he allowed four runs in three frames.
I think backing the Cardinals and expecting them to win three in a row from the Dodgers might be pressing the envelope but baseball is a funny game that often defies the odds not that I'm all gung ho...