NLCS betting preview: Cardinals at Giants – 10-16-2014

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St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco (-145,
6)

Madison Bumgarner dazzled against St. Louis in Game 1 and
looks to clinch the series when the San Francisco Giants host
the Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship
Series on Thursday. The left-handed ace tossed 7 2/3 stellar
innings in a 3-0 victory that made it three straight strong
outings this postseason and fueled talk of him being the best
pitcher in the postseason. “That’s an awfully big
compliment,” Bumgarner told reporters. “But no, I don’t think
about any of that.”

The Giants pushed their series lead to 3-1 with a 6-4 victory
on Wednesday behind three RBIs from catcher Buster Posey.
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a shaky outing while
opposing Bumgarner in Game 1 and is vying to redeem himself
and keep his team alive. “You take a competitor like that and
someone who has had success and you put them on this stage,
and they can’t wait to go out there and then be the ace of
our staff,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said in a press
conference. “It’s just right now, he’s working hard to get
that real good feel.”

TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

LINE HISTORY: The Giants opened as -125
favorites and have been bet up to -145. The total has been
set at 6.0.

WEATHER REPORT: It should be a clear night
in San Francisco with a seven mile per hour wind blowing out
to center field and temperatures in the low 60s.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam
Wainwright (0-1, 8.00 ERA) vs. Giants LH Madison Bumgarner
(2-1, 0.76)

Wainwright hasn’t made it through the fifth inning in two
postseason starts and threw a bullpen session in San
Francisco trying to get himself on track. “I just have to
have all my weapons out there with me, preferably,”
Wainwright said in his press conference. “If not, I’ll grind
my way through it and I’ll find a way to make it happen. But
it helps when you’ve got all your weapons.” Wainwright
continues to insist his right elbow isn’t an issue.

Bumgarner allowed two earned runs in 23 2/3 innings this
postseason and has struck out 23 against just three walks. He
said facing the Cardinals a second straight start means being
ready to change the game plan on the fly. “If they force you
to make adjustments, you have to be able to do it,” Bumgarner
said. “If they make adjustments and you can’t, you’re going
to be in trouble.”

TRENDS:

* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Over is 4-1 in Bumgarner’s last five starts versus the
Cardinals.
* Cardinals are 5-2 in Wainwright’s last seven starts versus
the Giants.
* The Giants are 2-5 in Bumgarner’s last seven starts versus
the Cardinals.

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