2014 NLCS Game 2 Cardinals vs. Giants 10/12/14
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 -143 / San Francisco Giants +133 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals look to rebound as they host the San Francisco Giants for game two of their NLCS series at 8:07 PM ET on Sunday night on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).
The San Francisco Giants rode yet another strong postseason performance from starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner to a 3-0 victory in the NLCS opener. Bumgarner pitched 7.2 shutout innings allowing just four hits and Santiago Casilla picked up his third save of the postseason as the Giants managed to win on the road for the seventh consecutive game in postseason play. The Giants bats played mostly small ball with eight hits on the night as Pablo Sandoval led the charge with three hits, a walk and a run scored, Travis Ishikawa had two hits including a bloop RBI single and Brandon Belt drove in a run on a sac fly as the Giants capitalized on their early chances.
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The Giants will look to win an eighth consecutive road game in postseason play as veteran right hander Jake Peavy takes the mound on Sunday night. Peavy was sharp in his first playoff start pitching 5.2 shutout innings against the Nationals, allowing two hits while walking three and striking out three to pick up the win. For the season Peavy had a WHIP of 1.28 and ERA of 3.73 while posting a 7-13 record across time in both leagues. Peavy had his struggles on the road with a 4.60 ERA over 16 total road starts and did not face the Cardinals this season. Matt Holliday is .286 lifetime against Peavy with a home run over 28 at bats and Jhonny Peralta is .206 with a homer over 36 at bats.
The St. Louis Cardinals threw their ace in Adam Wainwright to open the series on Saturday night but they didn’t get the veteran’s best outing as Wainwright appears to be tiring in the postseason. The Cardinals bats weren’t able to execute another big seventh inning against a left-handed ace as they did against Kershaw, tallying just four total hits in the loss. John Jay had two hits and Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina each had hits but the Cardinals hit a lot of lazy fly balls and routine grounders that barely challenged the Giants defense. Outside of a couple signature innings against the Dodgers the Cardinals really haven’t been hitting while also striking out in 29% of total at bats.
The Cardinals will look to rebound at home as Lance Lynn takes the mound on Sunday. Lynn pitched reasonably well in his first playoff start against LA conceding two runs on seven hits over six innings of work but ended up taking the loss in a 3-2 game. For the season Lynn had a WHIP of 1.26 and ERA of 2.74 while posting a record of 15-10. The righty Lynn was at his best at home this year with an ERA of 2.50 and record of 9-4 over 18 starts. Things weren’t so smooth in Lynn’s lone start against the Giants though as he allowed seven runs (four earned) on eight hits over just 3.1 innings while taking the loss at home back on June 1st.
The Giants are on a roll on the road in the postseason so while I don't think this spot sets up nearly as well as last night's, the visitor at plus money is my selection. If this one gets to the fourth scoreless I will likely be playing the over live as the Cardinals gave their bullpen a decent workload last night and Peavy's tendency to attack hitters and tire late in his shift make him vulnerable in the later innings. Follow me on Twitter to get my take as the action unfolds.