Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces for MLB news and notes. MLB Playoff Premium Picks have been winning at 77.5% rate and will continue into the 2016 World Series. The teams will play on Monday, October 12th, 2015. At 6:05 PM EST on the TBS Television Network.
The (101-63) St.Louis Cardinals of the National League Central Division will travel to the “WINDY CITY”. For game three of the NLDS. St.Louis take on the (99-66) Chicago Cubs also of the NL Central in 2015 MLB Playoff action. The teams will play at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the St.Louis Cardinals are the cream of the crop in Major League Baseball. St.Louis has their work cut out for them advancing to the next round. Momentum is on the Cubs side after getting a split in the “SHOW ME STATE”. The Cubs best pitcher is well rested and is ready to give the “NORTH SIDERS” a 2-1 lead. The opening line has Chicago as a -250 Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is not available for Monday’s game.
The 2015 St.Louis Cardinals come into Monday contest with splitting on their minds. St.Louis also knows it will be an emotional environment. The Cardinals know they are going to be facing one of the hottest pitcher in baseball in his home park. St.Louis Manager Mike Matheny may have to make changes in his pitching rotation, but the “RED BIRDS” are an experienced team in the postseason.
*Left Fielder Stephen Piscotty has a team-high .375 batting average through the first two games on the NLDS.
*Starting Pitcher John Lackey threw seven innings in the game-one victory and is looking forward to his next start.
*Relief Pitcher Trevor Rosenthal and the St.Louis bullpen will be ready whenever they are needed Monday.
*Notable injury: Starting Pitcher Jamie Garcia left game two with a stomach virus and his status is uncertain for his next start.
*The Betting Odds under the total are 9-3-1 St.Louis last thirteen on Monday’s.
*The betting odds over the total are 8-2-1 the last eleven between the teams.
*The St.Louis Cardinals will have Right Hander Michael Wacha, (17-7) with a 3.38 earn run average on the hill. The 6’6″ 210 pound Texas A&M University Alumni pitched four innings, giving up four hits and six runs his last outing. An 8-2 road loss at Pittsburgh on September 30th.
*Bovada.Lv lists the St.Louis Cardinals at 8/5 to win the 2015 MLB National League Pennant.
The Chicago Cubs organization has been waiting a long time for this moment. The last time the Cubs were in the postseason a fan by the name of Steve Bartman was turned into celebrity status. The Cubs went on the lose the NLCS to the Miami Marlins in 2003.
*Starting Pitchers Jon Lester and Kyle Kendricks pitched the first two game of the series and both did their job.
*The Cubs pitching staff averages 10.73 strikeouts per nine innings through three playoff games in the 2015 postseason.
*Notable injury: No notable injuries in the Cubs lineup.
*The betting odds over the total are 7-1 Chicago last eight Playoff games at home.
*The Cubs are only 2-10 their last twelve Playoff games at Wrigley Field.
*Chicago will have Right Hander Jake Arrieta. Who is (23-6) with a 1.70 ERA on the mound for game three. The Farmington, Missouri native pitched nine innings, giving up four hits and zero runs his last start on October 7th, a 4-0 Playoff Wildcard win at Pittsburgh.
*Bovada.Lv lists the Chicago Cubs at 7/2 to win the 2015 MLB National League Title.
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