The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are knotted up a one game apiece in their best of five National League Division Series, with game three to played today, October 10th at Nationals Park.

First pitch in this one is set to go at 1:05 PM ET and can bee seen live on the MLB Network.

The Cardinals are depending on right-hander Chris Carpenter (0-2, 3.71 ERA) to give them a sold outing, while the Nationals are countering with right-hander Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03 ERA) to shut down a potent Red Birds offense.

Carpenter has had some stellar pitching performances on the road as of late – keeping the final score under the post total in four straight starts. Additionally he has beaten the NL East in five consecutive outings. He is also 4-1 in his last 5 starts on a Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Nationals have won just one of their last five games on grass when Jackson is the teams starter. However, the Nationals have won 20 of their last 29 home games, and 25 of their last 35 following a loss. Even more impressive, the Nationals have handled teams in the NL Central rather easily this season – winning an amazing 17 of 23 contests.

A few more points to consider: the Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a day off; and the Nationals have kept the final score under the posted total in 3 of their last 5 games played at home.

The Oddsmakers have listed the Nationals as a -115 favorite in this game three contest, while setting an over/under total a 7 1/2 runs.

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