St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants
Date: Monday, October 15th, 8:00 ET
Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
MLB Betting Odds: San Francisco -108
MLB Playoffs On TV: FOX
The NLCS continues with Game 2 on Monday, and that means that we are going to be making our baseball picks and playoff predictions for the game between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.
If the Giants can figure out how to take this game, we think that they are going to have a great shot at getting right back in this series with a shot of getting to the World Series. However, they have yet to win a game at home this year in the playoffs in three tries, and they clearly don’t have the better of the pitching matchup in this one.
Ryan Vogelsong has been great for the Giants over the course of the last couple of years, but he isn’t a man that is going to be able to come right out and throw eight scoreless frames. In fact, even though the bullpen is worn down after yesterday, it would be difficult to expect to see Vogelsong survive even six frames. Chris Carpenter clearly has a live arm and can do some real damage, but he too, is going to have his share of problems in this one, knowing that it is only his fifth start of the season after arm surgery. Both men did lead their teams to must-win victories in the first round of the playoffs and will be ready to go in this one, though.
And then comes the question about the bats for both teams. It feels like St. Louis has the better of the two sides, but in the end, we really don’t know. The San Francisco bullpen was marvelous at the end of last night’s game. If only Madison Bumgarner had pitched that well over the course of the first four innings… Tonight though, look for Vogelsong to find a way to scratch and claw something together, and Manager Bruce Bochy will figure out how to get the job done in the end to get this series back to St. Louis on level terms.
St. Louis Cardinals @ San Francisco Giants Game 2 Pick: San Francisco Giants -108