In bowling, the 7-10 split is the hardest to convert to a spare. You have to hit either the 7 or 10 pin hard enough and at just the right angle so that the pin jumps across and hits the other pin to knock it down.
The Cardinals and the Pirates have split the first two games of the NLDS. In today’s game, the Pirates are starting their best pitcher, Francisco Liriano. Game 3 is at PNC Park, where the Cardinals have had difficulty winning this season. The Cards will have to work hard to overcome Liriano’s excellent pitching skills.
But the Cards counter today with pitcher Joe Kelly, who has a 10-2 record in his last 15 outings. Kelly was the pitcher who stopped the Cards’ longest losing streak in August. The last seven of Kelly’s wins have been after a Cardinals loss. Kelly also has a 5-1 record on the road. During two appearances at PNC Park, he limited the Bucs to 7 hits, 6 walks and one earned run. Joe will have to be the stopper again today, or the Bucs will have a 2 game lead in this series and the momentum will tip in their favor.
For the Cards to win today, Kelly will have to be dominant and the Cards’ bats will need to get hot. The Cards will need to be patient at the plate and wait for good pitches to hit, because Liriano will not give them much to hit. The Cards’ defense will have to be sharp today as well.
So which pin will jump over and knock the other pin down to get the series lead, the Cards or the Bucs? Here’s hoping the Cards looked carefully at how they lost on Friday, saw where they went wrong, and use that information to beat Pittsburgh today. I’m looking forward to this game today, and I hope you are too. Thanks for reading! See you next time!