St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) at San Francisco Giants (88-74)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 14, 2014, 4:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco Giants -117 / St. Louis Cardinals +108 --- Over/Under: 7
The San Francisco Giants host game three of the NLCS versus the St Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
The St Louis Cardinals didn't want to go to AT&T Park facing an 0-2 hole in the NLCS and thanks to a power surge at the plate they tied the series with a 5-4 victory over the Giants on Sunday night. Starter Lance Lynn gave up a pair of runs through 5.2 innings with Trevor Rosenthal allowing a run in the top of the 9th that tied the score at 4-4 before Kolton Wong slammed a walkoff homer to win it. Altogether the Redbirds slammed four long balls with Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Oscar Tavaras and Wong connecting. John Lackey takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants for his second start in the postseason. Lackey defeated the Dodgers 3-1 in the NLDS with the lone run allowed in seven frames.
The San Francisco Giants had a golden opportunity to sweep the Cardinals at Busch Stadium but the relief pitching couldn't close the deal. Starter Jake Peavy gave up two runs over four frames before Jean Machi blew the save with a run allowed followed Hunter Strickland and Sergio Romo who served up homers in the 8th and 9th innings respectively. The Giants totaled ten hits and walked four times with Hunter Pence, Joaquin Arias and Joe Panik driving in runs. Veteran Tim Hudson is scheduled to be on the bump in game two of the NLCS versus the St Louis Cardinals. Hudson was outstanding in a 2-1 win over Washington in the NLDS with a run plated over 7.1 innings.
Lackey is not my favorite pitcher and Hudson struggled to end the season before coming up big in the NLDS. Right now I'm going with the plus money but will dig in to this further so please check back...