Series: 1-0, San Francisco
Time/Place: 8:00 p.m., Busch Stadium
Media: Fox Sports 1
Pitching Matchup: RHP Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73 ERA) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (15-10, 2.74 ERA)
Madison Bumgarner was light's-out last night, holding the Cardinals to four singles and zero runs over 7-2/3 innings and staking the Giants a 1-0 lead in the series. The Giants scored a pair of runs in the second inning and added another in the third, which was more than enough for Bumgarner and the Giants' bullpen.
Tonight, former Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy will take the mound against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals, looking to give his team a 2-0 lead before heading back to the west coast. Peavy labored through 5-2/3 innings in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals, quickly racking up 104 pitches and walking three batters. He was effective though, giving up only two hits and no runs.
Peavy ended the season in some sort of beast mode. In his final nine starts of the regular season he posted a 1.35 ERA and averaged 6-2/3 innings per start. He's faced the Cardinals nine times in his career, but only once since 2008, as he was traded into the AL during the 2009 season.
Lynn is coming off of a loss in Game 2 of the NLDS, in which he recorded a quality start against the Dodgers but his offense only provided him with two runs of support. When he faced the Giants back in June, they knocked him around for seven runs, though only four were earned, in a mere 3-1/3 innings. That start makes up for a good chunk of his 67 plate appearances against the Giants hitters, in which he's been lit up for a .355/.403/.500 line.
Everything on paper is pointing towards the Giants flying back home with a 2-0 lead in the series, so I'm going to go ahead and predict a big bounceback win by the Cards.