Federico Farcomeni explains why he expects a tight game in St Louis tonight. Meanwhile, the Tigers must bide their time...
San Francisco Giants at St Louis Cardinals (Game 3)
In Game Two, Matt Holliday hit Marco Scutaro while getting on base, and the second baseman is now a doubt to take the field at Busch Stadium in Game Three. Ryan Theriot will start at second if case Scutaro doesn't make it. That's a key position when it comes to double play because, if not handled effectively, the Giants risk leaving too many opponents on base. NL All-Star Game starter Matt Cain will counterbalance this from the mound. In the post-season he's 3-1, with a 1.79 ERA, although his record against the Cardinals on the road isn't good. He can't do much offensively as Scutaro's absence will certainly be missed (4/8, 2 RBIs in these series).
The Cards' Kyle Lohse has 36 strike-outs and just seven bases on ball to his record. He's really good when it comes to keeping the number of his pitches below 100, so he's definitely more consistent than his colleagues and has the stamina to keep performing late in the game. The Cardinals flew back late in the night on Monday and didn't train yesterday. Weather is uncertain and two of the best catchers in the MLB (Yadier Molina and Buster Posey) come face to face, so consider a punt in the unders market.
New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (Game 4)
To see the Yankees as underdogs we have to go back to when they were facing Tampa Bay Rays in their final game last season. The Rays needed to win, while the Yankees had already clinched the division - they didn't have the same motivation as their opponents. This time, it's a different situation. We opposed the Yankees last night but we believe that, with CC Sabathia on the mound, it's going to be more difficult for Detroit. He has pitched almost five times more than his opponent Max Scherzer in the post-season (103 2/3 vs 21 innings to their records). Manager Joe Girardi attended his father's funeral on Monday so we expect him to have recovered a bit more today. The champagnes is likely to remain in the Tigers' fridge tonight. Tomorrow, they'll get another chance to seal their place in the World Series.