St. Louis scored all 4 of their runs in the first inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday. Luckily for them, those 4 runs were all that they needed. After the Brewers climbed to within a run in the third inning, St. Louis put the clamps down on Milwaukee's high scoring offense, and won Game 3, 4 to 3, to take a 2 to 1 NLCS series lead.
The Milwaukee Brewers send pitcher Randy Wolf to the mound in an attempt to even the series against rival St. Louis on October 13. The left-handed Wolf dropped a game to the Arizona Cardinals in his last on October 5 when pitching only 3 innings. Wolf allowed 7 runs off of 8 hits. The pitcher also gave up 2 home runs in the game and is, overall, 13 and 10 with a 3.69 ERA.
Brewers' fans aren't expecting too much out of Wolf on Thursday night and neither are the odds makers. Milwaukee is a +120 dog to beat St. Louis and even the series. But the baseball handicappers are only separated by 6% points in this contest. 47% favor Milwaukee while 53% favor the Cardinals.
St. Louis sends Kyle Lohse to the mound to counter the struggling Wolf. Lohse hasn't been all that effective lately, either. He lasted only 5 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 1 when allowing 6 runs off of 7 hits including, like Wolf, 2 home runs. Lohse also hasn't pitched in 12 straight days. Many baseball handicappers question whether or not the 12 days is too long of a layoff for a pitcher like Lohse.
As opposed to the ALCS, where Texas is a clear favorite, the National League Pennant is still somewhat up for grabs in the minds of the betting public. St. Louis is a -260 favorite to win the NLCS while Milwaukee is going off at +200 odds.
Game 5 takes place in St. Louis and is scheduled for Friday. Milwaukee will start Zack Greinke who beat St. Louis on October 9. Greinke's teammates weren't short of support on that day, scoring 9 runs for their pitcher in a 9 to 6 Brewers' victory. St. Louis counters Greinke on Friday with pitcher Jaime Garcia. Garcia has lost his last two outings, the first to Philadelphia, 2 to 3, on October 4 and then to Greinke on St. Louis on October 9. If a Game 6 is needed, it will take place on Sunday, October 16.