The St. Louis Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the World Series, with Saturday’s wild 5-4 win as 106 home favorites over the Boston Red Sox.
Cardinals, Craig triumph in ninth
St. Louis’ Allen Craig came off the bench for a pinch-hit double in Game 3’s ninth inning, while later scoring the contest’s deciding run. Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction, blocking Craig’s chances of reaching home plate.
Cardinals sluggers Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina notched a combined four RBIs, uniting to hit 5-for-9. St. Louis’ Trevor Rosenthal closed the affair with 1 2/3 frames of relief, picking up his staff’s win.
Boston erased two-run deficits on a pair of occasions, capped off by Xander Bogaerts’ RBI-single to tie the game, 4-4. Red Sox mates Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew each struck out twice, while Dustin Pedroia left four men on base in a 0-for-4 night.
Boston’s Jake Peavy departed after four innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while reliever Brandon Workman logged his side’s loss. The battle’s combined nine runs stretched OVER the ‘total’ of seven, while St. Louis edged Boston in his, 12-6.
Lynn wins twice in NLCS
Lynn makes his return after notching a pair of victories over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The 26-year-old’s latest triumph came on Oct. 15, with St. Louis logging a 4-2 win as a 123 road dog.
Lynn allowed two runs on six hits, leaving after 5 1/3 innings. Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson drilled one of his side’s two homers for run support, finishing 1-for-2 as a pinch hitter.
Buchholz survives at home
Buchholz logged two no-decisions in a pair of Boston’s American League Championship Series victories against the Detroit Tigers. The Texas native’s last outing took place on Oct. 19, cashing as a 105 home favorite in a 5-2 triumph.
Buchholz gave up four hits and two walks, surrendering a pair of earned runs in five frames of action. Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino cracked a grand slam in the affair, while relievers Craig Breslow and Koji Uehara logged a hold and save, respectively.
Back the Cardinals in Game 4
Lynn opened as a 110 home favorite on BetOnline’s sports betting odds board, while early wagers on Buchholz dropped the premium to minus 106. The ‘total’ was first set at seven, with initial OVER betting lifting the number a ‘hook’ to 7 ½.
I am backing Lynn and the Cardinals in Game 4, looking for Mike Matheny’s squad to take the driver’s seat with a third straight win.
Lynn has given up just four homers in 108 1/3 IP at Busch Stadium, while St. Louis is 5-2 in the hurler’s last seven home starts against clubs with winning records. The Cardinals should also bring their share of support at the plate, hitting a stellar .281 against right-handed pitching in their yard.
Buccholz has allowed six earned runs over his last two road outings (13 IP), surrendering three long balls as part of 14 hits. Boston is 1-4 in its last five interleague matchups as an underdog, while held to 3.2 RPG in its six postseason outings away from home.
The Cardinals’ victory in Game 3 lifted Molina and Co. to a 6-0 mark in their last six interleague affairs against a righty starter, while lifting their record to 10-4 in spots that followed the team’s last 14 wins. Look for the Cardinals to stay hot here, edging out Boston again at a low premium fpr our MLB Picks.
Free Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -106 at Bet365