St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The St Louis Cardinals hope to keep their own magic at home going when they host the Milwaukee Brewers in game four of the NLCS. The Cardinals are -130 favorites over the Brewers with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Brewers dropped back to back games for the second time in the postseason and would like to avoid a three game skid that would put them on the edge of elimination. Milwaukee got off on the wrong foot by falling behind 4-0 in the first inning and were forced to play catch up for the next eight innings. Ace Yovani Gallardo suffered through his worse start in the postseason when he gave up all four runs. Gallardo settled down after that and finished up allowing eight hits and five walks in only five innings. To their credit the Brewers fought back with two runs in the second and a run in the third but didn’t get a base runner after the fourth inning. Overall Milwaukee totaled six hits with a Mark Kotsay homerun in the third being the last time the Brew Crew would even smell home plate. Veteran left hander Randy Wolf gets the game four start needing a huge rebound from his lone postseason start in Arizona where he was tagged for seven runs on eight hits including a pair of homeruns in a 10-6 defeat.
Just like their counterparts St Louis scored early but did little else thereafter with the big difference being they didn’t have to do anything else in a wire to wire game three win. Chris Carpenter was staked to a 4-0 first inning lead but didn’t have his best stuff as Milwaukee whittled away at the Cardinals lead. Carpenter went five innings overall and allowed all three runs on six hits and three walks before the Redbirds bullpen came in and slammed the door on the Milwaukee bats with four pitchers combining on four perfect innings. The bats posted nine hits with a red hot Albert Pujols showing no signs of cooling down with two hits with a run batted in and a walk with a pair of walks. David Frees stayed hot as well with three hits and an RBI. St Louis sends out right hander Kyle Lohse for game four in what will be his second start of the playoffs. Lohse hasn’t pitched since starting in the opener of the NLDS against Philadelphia. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in just 5.1 innings.
Nether pitcher was effective in their lone postseason start although Lohse threw the ball fairly well before one bad inning turned in to a blowout. Neither is a big strikeout pitcher which says to me that plenty of balls will be in play and hopefully a lot of them find holes because I’m looking at the over.