NLCS betting preview: Cardinals at Giants – 10-13-2014

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St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants (-122,
7)

The
St. Louis Cardinals will be without standout catcher Yadier
Molina when the scene shifts to San Francisco for Wednesday’s
Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Kolten
Wong’s ninth-inning homer to end Sunday’s Game 2 allowed the
Cardinals to even the series at one win apiece, but St. Louis
lost Molina to an oblique injury earlier in the contest. The
injury could sideline the six-time All-Star for the rest of the
postseason.

The
Cardinals will be attempting to make it through the rest of the
series with catchers Tony Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski, which
represents a huge drop-off from Molina. “It stinks,’ Giants
catcher Buster Posey said of Molina’s injury. “You hate to see
anybody go down, especially a guy like him that means so much
to their team. It’s too bad.” Wong one was of four St. Louis
players to hit homers in Sunday’s 5-4 win, joining Matt
Carpenter, Oscar Taveras and Matt
Adams.

TV:

4:07 p.m. ET,
FS1


LINE HISTORY:

The Giants opened as -117 faves,
but that line has since moved to -122. The total for the game
opened at seven, which is where it currently
sits.


WEATHER:
The forecast is calling for
sun and clouds at gametime with a 20 percent chance of
precipitation. The temperature is expected to be 66 degrees
Fahrenheit in the Bay, with winds of up to 13
mph.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Cardinals RH John Lackey (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
vs. Giants RH Tim Hudson (0-0,
1.23)Lackey
was acquired due to his postseason experience, and manager Mike
Matheny is expecting he will rise to the occasion. “Every time
he was on the mound, he is one of those guys that is going to
come into a big situation and into a hostile environment, and
we love what San Francisco brings,” Matheny told reporters.
“The excitement they bring, and the city is fired up for the
matchup.” Lackey is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in two career starts
against San
Francisco.

Hudson lost his final four starts of the regular season
before rebounding with a strong outing against Washington in
the NL Divisional Series, as he gave up one run and seven
hits over 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision. The 39-year-old
veteran merely was average at home during the regular season,
going 5-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 14 starts. Hudson is 4-4 with a
5.26 ERA in 13 career outings against St. Louis but defeated
the Cardinals this year when he gave up three hits over seven
scoreless frames.

TRENDS:

*Cardinals
are 4-1 in their last five meetings in San
Francisco
*Giants
are 1-4 in their last five games with umpire Gerry Davis behind
the
plate
*Under
is 4-0 in John Lackey’s last four
starts
*Giants
are 1-5 in Tim Hudson’s last six
starts

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