Giants & Cardinals Head To St. Louis Tied 1-1 In NLCS

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Betting Preview
10/17/2012, 4:00 p.m. (ET) TBS
Opening Lines: Cardinals -125, O/U 7
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Series So Far: San Francisco tied the series with a 7-1 triumph in Game 2 on Monday in a game that closed with the Giants slight favorites.  Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven strong innings and Angel Pagan paced the offense with a leadoff homer and a walk during San Francisco's decisive 4-run fourth.  St. Louis took the series opener 6-4 as a +125 underdog, building an early 6-0 lead before the bullpen snuffed the Giants' rally and pitched scoreless baseball over the final 5-1/3 innings.

Pitching Matchup: The managers turn to the arms that opened their postseasons as Matt Cain goes up against Kyle Lohse.  Cain is 1-1 in the playoffs, allowing three runs in both starts vs. the Reds during the NLDS and failing to complete six innings each time.  San Fran was 8-2 in his last 10 regular season starts (Cain 2.28 ERA), a stretch that began just after he was knocked around in St. Louis on Aug. 6.  He went 1-1 in two starts vs. the Cards this season with a 6.94 ERA.

Redbirds skipper Mike Matheny hands the ball to Kyle Lohse who entered the postseason without a dubya on his playoff ledger, and should by all accounts now have two.  He was good enough in the Wild Card Playoff against Atlanta to earn the win, and pitched even better in Game 4 of the NLDS with Washington only to get no support in St. Louis' 2-1 loss. Lohse was solid at Busch Stadium all season with a 2.33 ERA in 16 starts and the Cardinals winning 11 of those tilts.  He missed the Giants during this tour, and has only faced them twice in the past five seasons (2008 and 2011), each time a winning performance at AT&T Park.

Odds & Ends: The Giants and Cardinals split a 4-game series at in St. Louis back in early-August when the totals also halved at Busch.  Those numbers varied in the 7½-9 run range.  Bill Miller will call the balls and strikes after 20-13 'under' mark in the regular season.  He worked two Cain starts, an 'over' in San Diego and an 'under' at home vs. the Reds.

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