Bet on Right-Handed Pitchers to Keep Cardinals/Giants 'Under'

Jeff Grant

Monday, October 13, 2014 1:55 PM GMT

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 1:55 PM GMT

This handicapper points out that a pair of veteran right-handers are scheduled to take the hill at AT&T Park Tuesday, which will lead the Cardinals vs. Giants to go under the betting total in Game 3.

A Huge Injury
St. Louis evened this best-of-seven series at a game apiece after picking up a 5-4 victory over San Francisco as -133 home favorites Sunday, but it came at a potential price of losing its All-Star catcher.

Yadier Molina is listed as doubtful on the latest injury reports due to an oblique injury that occurred in Game 2, which is significant in shaping the MLB betting odds for the rest of this series, as he’s arguably the most important player on the roster.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team has compiled a 22-17 record in October, with the 'under' going 19-18-2 in that situation.

 

Serving It Up
Due to splitting the first two games at Busch Stadium, San Francisco now owns home-field advantage in this series, but it must find a way to keep the ball in the yard.

Eight of the Giants 14 runs allowed in the playoffs have been solo home runs, which can’t be ignored when making your MLB picks, considering the Cardinals have hit 14 round trippers since the end of the regular season.

It’s important to point out that the franchise is a mediocre 30-30 when playing after an off day since the start of the 2012 campaign.

 

Lackey
Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey earned a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS last Monday, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball.

The right-hander will have no trouble throwing to catcher A.J. Pierzynski if Molina is ruled out of this contest, as the two were paired up with each other during their time with the Boston Red Sox before being acquired by their current team.

In 20 career postseason appearances, Lackey has registered a 7-5 record and 2.92 ERA.

 

Hudson
Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson was brilliant in his lone NLDS outing against the Washington Nationals, as he surrendered a single run over 7.1 innings of work.

The right-hander went 5-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 14 home appearances during the regular season, with opposing hitters batting .265 against him (.274 on the road).

Hudson has compiled a 3.19 postseason ERA in his career over 62 innings.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB betting picks, as the UNDER is 7-3 in the Giants’ last 10 games as favorites.

Free MLB Pick: Under 7 at 5Dimes

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