Game 3 of the 2013 World Series takes place tonight and we will see the St Louis Cardinals take on the Boston Red Sox as the series shifts to St Louis for the next 3 games. First pitch is scheduled for an 8:07 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised on FOX.
St Louis -110
Over/ Under: 7.5 -110
Analysis: The Boston Red Sox are even in the World Series thanks in large part to the Nos. 4-5 lineup combination of David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. Ortiz homered in each of the first two games and Napoli provided the key hit - a three-run double - in Boston's 8-1 victory in Game 1. Ortiz is tied for seventh on the all-time list with 17 postseason home runs and matched a franchise record with his fifth of the 2013 playoffs in Game 2. Jake Peavy gets the ball for the Sox tonight and he was slightly better once he was traded from the White Sox to Boston this season, going 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 regular season starts. Jake has been been terrible in October in his career, posting an 0-3 record in four playoff starts with a 10.31 ERA and 1.96 WHIP. Jake has also been bad on the road this year, going 5-6 with a 5.56 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
After Boston put up 8 runs in game 1, St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha shut down the Red Sox and the Cardinals scored late to win 4-2 and even the series. The next three games of the series will be played in St. Louis, where the Cardinals racked up a 59-28 record (.678) this season. The one guy Peavy really has to watch out for is OF Carlos Beltran, who is 8-for-20 with 1 HR, 6 RBI and a 1.280 OPS in his career against Peavy. Joe Kelly gets the ball for the Cards in this one and he has pitched well this season despite his penchant for giving up too many base runners, walking 40 batters in 103.1 innings while striking out only 59. Kelly posted worse numbers at home than on the road in the regular season, going 5-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 18 games - eight starts - in St. Louis.
Pick: I like the Cards in this game. Kelly has not pitched well at home this year, but Peavy has been horrible in the post season in his career and has struggled on the road this year. Look for the Cards to take a 2-1 lead here.
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