8:07 PM ET, October 26, 2013
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Boston: Peavy (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
St. Louis: Kelly (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
It’s been two games of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox and each team has claimed a win.
Online sports betting fans now have a chance to place their wagers when the series makes it to the city of the Arch, St. Louis. In Game 3 the pitching matchup pits Jake Peavy of Boston against Joe Kelly for the home Cardinals.
Kelly was 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA in the regular season. However, as a starter he was far better, going 9-3 with a 2.28 ERA in 15 starts.
YouWager experts consider it’s surprising thatKelly was actually much worse at home (3.29 ERA) than away (2.07). The right-hander was excellent after the All-Star break, too, going 9-2 with a 1.91 ERA.
Even so, in the postseason Kelly hasn’t been great. In three starts, he has a 4.41 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. St. Louis has lost two of his three starts. In his one home start the 25 year-old threw the ball well versus the Los Angeles Dodgers in a game they’d win in extra innings — a game that was started by ace-caliber Zack Greinke.
As far as facing Boston the data doesn’t help that much. Shane Victorino is 0-for-2 with a walk in his career versus Kelly while Stephen Drew is 1-for-3 with a triple.
Peavy went 12-5 with a 4.17 ERA this season for the Chicago White Sox and Boston. The 32 year-old was mostly better after the trade to the Red Sox, but only marginally so.
Away from home during this MLB season Peavy wasn’t great. The right-hander had a 5.27 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 14 regular season road starts.
Peavy was good versus the Tampa Bay Rays for his ALDS start, but he returned to Bad Jake on the road in the ALCS versus the Detroit Tigers, coughing up seven runs on five hits and three walks in just three innings of work.
Peavy has made three starts in his career in this incarnation of Busch Stadium and has indeed impressed oddsmakers (2.25 ERA, 0.95 WHIP).