Odds on NLCS Game 3: Brewers' Gallardo vs Cardinals' Chris Carpenter
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
by Bodog Sportsbook
It’s thanks largely to Chris Carpenter that the St Louis Cardinals are even in the National League Championship Series, and now the Cards turn to their ace in Game 3 of the NLCS on Wednesday night as St. Louis looks for a 2-1 series lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals opened as -150 favorites on Bodog Sportsbook’s MLB baseball Odds on NLCS Game 3.
St. Louis pulled even thanks to an explosion from Albert Pujols in a 12-3 victory on Monday in Milwaukee. Pujols had arguably the best postseason game of his Hall of Fame career, going 4-for-5 with a homer, three doubles and five RBIs. He became only the fourth player in MLB history with four postseason hits in one game and first since 2004. Pujols moved into the Top 10 all-time in doubles, extra-base hits and RBI in postseason history. His 14th career playoff homer moved him up one spot to eighth.
Carpenter, meanwhile, was brilliant in the clinching Game 5 of the NLDS against the Phillies in outdueling Roy Halladay. Carpenter produced a three-hit shutout and is now 6-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 11 career postseason starts. He was 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in four regular-season starts vs. Milwaukee.
The Brewers go with their ace, Yovani Gallardo. He also pitched the clinching Game 5 of the NLDS against Arizona, holding Arizona to one run in six innings. In four postseason appearances, three of them starts, Gallardo has compiled an ERA of 0.86. That includes a 1.29 ERA in this year’s NLDS. In his last three regular-season starts, over 20 1/3 innings, Gallardo struck out 36 while giving up only 12 hits. He faced the Cards four times in the regular season as well, going 1-3 with a 5.70 ERA.
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