St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers
In a Fall Classic where home field has meant nothing through three games the St Louis Cardinals look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are -175 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 10.
The Cardinals broke out the bats on Saturday and then some in a 16-7 pounding of the Rangers to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series. It turned out that St Louis needed some help from the offense with the starting pitching and bullpen having some issues. Starter Kyle Lohse sailed through three shutout innings and looked to be in control before the wheels fell off in the fourth with the Rangers scoring three times. That was the last we saw of Lohse whose final line was three runs allowed on five hits and two walks. Fernando Salas followed with three runs allowed in just an inning but it mattered little with the Redbirds scoring early and often with a 14 hit attack with Albert Pujols a one man wrecking crew with five hits including a two run, three run and solo homers for a tidy six RBI night with four runs scored. Edwin Jackson gets the ball in game four with three 2011 postseason starts under his belt. Jackson has one quality start and has been bailed out by the St Louis offense that has scored 29 runs for him while he has given up eight runs in 12.1 frames.
I would say Texas was embarrassed Saturday night in game three but that would not be entirely true as the offense did a solid job of scoring runs however the pitching was nearly non existent. Starter Matt Harrison went 3.2 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk. Five relievers followed and each gave up at least one run and a total of eleven overall. The bats pounded out 13 hits of their own with Michael Young posting two including a long ball and double to give him a pair of runs batted in and two runs scored. Nelson Cruz continued his power display with another two run blast while Adrian Beltre led Texas with four hits with an RBI and a pair of runs. Even though the Rangers had plenty of offense, the pitching was AWOL and their defense was almost as bad with three errors. Texas will send left hander Derek Holland to the mound Sunday with his 2011 postseason a mixed bag thus far with one quality start in three outings. Holland has a 5.27 ERA 13.2 innings in the playoffs but has never faced the Cardinals.
This series looked to be swinging towards Texas after their ninth inning rally in game two but as we saw momentum is sometimes fleeting. Neither pitcher has been great in the postseason and after the Cardinals offensive display with Pujols leading the way I’m not laying the juice on Texas.
St. Louis Cardinals +165 Texas Rangers