MLB Playoff Predictions: Giants vs. Cardinals Game 3 Picks 10/17/12

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St. Louis Cardinals

Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 4:00 ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
MLB Betting Odds: St. Louis -123
MLB Playoffs On TV: FOX

Our 2012 MLB playoffs picks continue on Wednesday night in St. Louis, where the St. Louis Cardinals battle it out with the San Francisco Giants. Join us for our MLB predictions for what should be a remarkable Game 3 of the ALCS.

The Cardinals and the Giants were statistically quite level over the course of the first two games of this series, as both went on their offensive explosions in just a few innings and generally were shut down aside from that. This could be a very similar game to discuss, knowing that both of these starting pitchers for tonight’s Game 3 are going to be dealing for sure.

But there is a real question as to whether Matt Cain is still ready to go for the rest of the playoffs. He has looked tired over the course of his first two games in the postseason, and he is leaving balls up in the zone and getting them blasted. He has allowed three home runs and has had two very short outings, though we must admit that it isn’t like his numbers are ghastly. Kyle Lohse has been the better of the two over the course of the start of the second season, and Lohse has pitched in more pressure packed situations. He threw seven flat out awesome frames against the Washington Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS, and he arguably outpitched one of the best pitchers from the second half of the season, Kris Medlen in the Wild Card Game against the Atlanta Braves.

There really is no sign of Lohse slowing down, and we have to remember that he has still only been beaten three times over the course of this whole season. Cain probably has the more talent of the two of these men, but weary arms at this point over the course of the playoffs tend to get beaten. Especially with this game being here in St. Louis, it is definitely advantage Cardinals.

San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -123

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