NLCS Game 1 Odds – San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals

Here we go again. The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are proving that they are still the class of the National League. The Giants and Cards steamrolled the Nationals and Dodgers, respectively, to reach the National League Championship Series. Game one goes this Saturday at 8:07 p.m. Eastern at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

adam_wainwrightHere we go again. The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are proving that they are still the class of the National League. The Giants and Cards steamrolled the Nationals and Dodgers, respectively, to reach the National League Championship Series. Game one goes this Saturday at 8:07 p.m. Eastern at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The Cardinals and Giants have combined for 43 National League pennants, including the last four.

St. Louis managed to shock the baseball world in their divisional series by beating the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, twice en route to a 3-1 series win.

For the opener of the NLCS, St. Louis will send veteran Adam Wainwright to the mound. Wainwright’s resume speaks for itself, but he has had minor problems against the Giants (at least comparatively) posting a 5-5 record and a decent, but not eye-popping 3.11 ERA.

Wainwright also has an elbow injury that has the media talking about the pitcher’s health. Wainwright shrugged off the concerns, though, stating that the injury is not a big deal: “This is the same thing I’ve been dealing with all season. It’s nothing new.”

The San Francisco Giants eliminated the Washington Nationals, the best team in the NL during the regular season, in the NLDS. The Giants will now look to reach their third World Series in five years. Countering Wainwright for the Giants will be towering ace Madison Bumgarner. “Madbum” has been stellar this post-season (at least when throwing in the direction of home plate), posting a 1.13 ERA in two starts. He did take the loss for the Giants in game three against the Nationals, however, thanks, in large part, to his throwing error in the seventh inning. Two runs scored on the play and Washington went on to a 4-1 win. Bumgarner will look to rebound on Saturday.

The money line has St. Louis at -123 to win and San Fran at +113 to pull the upset.

Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.