Cardinals & Giants Push NLCS To Decisive Seventh Game

By: Willie Bee | Monday, October 22, 2012

St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants MLB Betting Preview
10/22/2012, 8:00 p.m. (ET) FOX
Opening Lines: Giants -140, O/U 7
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Series So Far:  San Francisco has battled back from a 3-1 deficit against the Cardinals to force Monday's deciding contest.  The Giants got an outstanding performance from Barry Zito in Game 5 last Friday, a 5-0 whitewashing in St. Louis as +140 underdogs, and another solid effort from Ryan Vogelsong on Sunday night in a 6-1 victory.  St. Louis has scored just one run in the last 19 innings and have been getting no help at all from the middle of the lineup as Matt Holliday, Allen Craig and David Freese are a combined 12-for-64 (.188 avg) in the series, and 3-for-20 (.150) in the last two losses.  Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro have been the offensive stars for the Giants, batting a collective .388 (19-for-49) in the NLCS with nine RBI between them.

Pitching Matchup:  Kyle Lohse will make his fourth postseason appearance for the Cardinals while San Fran's Matt Cain gets the call for a fourth time this October.  This is a rematch of the Game 3 battle at Busch Stadium that was delayed in the seventh inning for more than three hours before St. Louis eventually posted a 3-1 victory as $1.20 favorites.  Lohse picked up the dubya in the NL Wild Card Playoff vs. Atlanta as well as Game 3 of the NLCS, and owns a 1.96 ERA in 18-1/3 playoff innings to date.  Cain and the Giants are 1-2 in his three starts that have seen him tally a 4.67 ERA in just over 17 frames.

Odds & Ends: The Giants are 5-0 in elimination games this postseason while the Cardinals are 6-0 in the same situation dating back to the 2011 playoffs.  NLCS crew chief Gary Darling will have plate duties for Game 7; the 25-year veteran was 20-17 'over' during the regular season, and worked Game 1 of this series which also went above the total.

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