St. Louis Cardinals +111 (Carpenter R) at San Francisco Giants -121 (Ryan Vogelsong R) Game 6
Total: Ov/Un 6.5 St. Louis Leads Series 3-2 TV: TBS 7:37
The Giants gave themselves another chance to get to the World Series by defeating St. Louis Friday in a 5-0 victory which kept their playoffs hopes alive. Perhaps the Giants can harness the same playoff magic that propelled them to win the series against the Reds in which they started in a 2-0 hole, but rattled off three straight wins to advance to the Championship Series.
Game 6 pits Ryan Vogelsong at Chris Carpenter in San Francisco. Vogelsong perhaps gives the Giants their best chance to advance to a Game 7. He has been outstanding at home and has been the only Giants starter to go 7 innings in this postseason.
Carpenter also looks for past magic in the postseason. The right hander has been Mr. Reliable in October, and has the franchise record for postseason victories for St. Louis with 10. In his last game against the Giants, he allowed two earned runs – but five runs total, in just four innings.
The Giants headed home directly after Game 5, taking an overnight flight and arriving at 2:30 am. The Cards, on the other hand, went home, packed their bags and took off at around midday central time.
The long flight might have some effect on this older team, even if it is the playoffs. Also, Vogelsong has simply been untouchable at home this season, with an ERA just under 2.80 compared to a 3.37 ERA overall. The Giants offense may have woken up in Game 5, and we see this one coming down to seven games. We’ll go with Vogelsong and the Giants.
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