Yankees And Nationals Favored To Win LDS Game 3's

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Brian Blessing and Todd Fuhrman preview a couple of Game 3's on Wednesday when the Cardinals and Nationals move to Washington while the Orioles and Yankees shift to the Bronx.

St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals MLB Betting Preview
10/10/2012, 1:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
Opening Lines: Nationals -110, O/U 7½
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Series So Far: The series goes to Washington even at one win apiece after St. Louis exploded for a 12-4 decision on Monday.  The Cardinals slugged four homers in the rout, two by Carlos Beltran to increase his career postseason count to 13 long balls.  The game closed as a pick 'em, and St. Louis' victory might have come at the expense of losing starting pitcher Jaime Garcia for the rest of the postseason with a shoulder injury.  Washington took Game 1 of the set on Sunday, 3-2, as a +105 underdog, and the totals split the first two games.  The clubs played a 4-game series in DC about six weeks ago, the Nats winning three and the 'over' also going 3-1.

Pitching Matchup: Game 3 will find a couple of veteran right-handers on the hill as Chris Carpenter gets the call for the visiting Redbirds against Edwin Jackson, a teammate of Carpenter's last October during St. Louis' run to the World Series Championship.  Carpenter missed almost all of 2012 with a shoulder injury, coming back to make three starts at the end of the regular season, each going into the loss column for the Cards.  Jackson faced his former teammates two times this year, tossing eight strong innings for a win at home in late-August and then getting blasted by the Cardinals in St. Louis during the final weekend of the schedule when he couldn't make it through the second inning and allowing eight earned runs.  He was 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA in four postseason starts for the Cards last year.

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees MLB Betting Preview
10/10/2012, 7:37 p.m. (ET) TBS
Opening Lines: Yankees -180, O/U 8½
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Series So Far: Baltimore evened the ALDS with a 3-2 triumph on Monday. Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the seventh before turning it over to the Orioles bullpen who completed the win by holding the Yankees to one hit and no runs over the final eight outs.  The O's were +120 underdogs in Game 2 after dropping Game 1 on Sunday, 7-2, as +150 'dogs.  In the opener, New York broke open a 2-2 game with a 5-run outburst in the ninth, all of the runs charged to Baltimore closer Jim Johnson who led the majors with 51 saves during the regular season.  The teams split their regular season battles 9-9, with each squad winning six of nine on the road.  Baltimore won all three series in the Bronx where six of the nine games stayed 'under' the total.

Pitching Matchup: The Orioles turn to a second-straight rookie to start Game 3 as Miguel Gonzalez has been tabbed by manager Buck Showalter.  Gonzalez saw the Yanks twice in the regular season, both games taking place in New York and both going into the win column for the O's.  Gonzalez allowed four earned runs in a combined 13-2/3 innings.  Joe Girardi hands the ball to another veteran in Hiroki Kuroda whose previous MLB postseason experience came in 2008-09 with the Dodgers.  Kuroda split his two starts vs. the Orioles this year (15-1/3 IP, 5 ER), the loss coming at home on Aug. 31 when Gonzalez was the winning hurler for Baltimore.

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