San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals - 10/11/14 2014 NLCS Pick, Odds, Prediction
San Francisco Giants (88-74) at St. Louis Cardinals (90-72)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm (Busch Stadium)
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The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -127 / San Francisco Giants +117 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will begin the 2014 NLCS Saturday night.
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The San Francisco Giants are coming off of a four-game series against the Washington Nationals and relying on their pitching staff to get the job done. The Giants have allowed three or less runs in six of their last seven games and have won seven straight when that’s the case. In the NLDS, the San Francisco Giants finished with an ERA of 1.33 and struck out 49 batters in 54 innings. Offensively the Giants showed their potential, as they came away with timely hits and four batters with at least five hits. Buster Posey led the way with seven hits in 18 at bats and Joe Panik scored three runs. The Giants have won 12 straight when scoring more than three runs. Taking the mound Saturday will be Madison Bumgarner, who is 18-10 with a 2.98 ERA and has 219 strikeouts in 217.1 innings. In this year’s postseason, Bumgarner is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 16 innings.
The St. Louis Cardinals are fresh off a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and have also gotten solid support from their pitching staff. The Cardinals have allowed just six runs in their last three games and have won 15 of their last 19 games when allowing three or less runs. Overall in the NLDS, the St. Louis Cardinals had an ERA of 3.86 and struck out 36 batters in 35 innings. Offensively, the Cardinals are living and dying with Matt Carpenter, who had seven RBIs and six hits in 16 at bats. Suddenly the Cardinals showed their power in the series by hitting seven homers, and they’ve won seven straight when scoring more than three runs. Taking the mound for St. Louis is Adam Wainwright, who is 20-9 with a 3.28 ERA and has 179 strikeouts in 227 innings. In this year’s postseason, Wainwright is 0-0 with a 12.46 ERA and has five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
The Giants are 20-7 in their last 27 playoff games, 13-6 in their last 19 League Championship games and 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series. The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 League Championship home games, 7-2 in their last 9 playoff home games and 54-24 in Wainwrights last 78 starts overall. The Giants are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis.
The Giants barely lose playoff games, period with this group. In what should be a tough series to score runs, I'll take my chances with the road dog and the team that lives during this time of year.