Playoff baseball continues on this Sunday, October 7th in the National League as we are treated to two matchups that feature the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals in the first game, and the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants in the later game.

Below is a brief overview of each contest:

Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
First Pitch @ 3:00 PM ET
Betting Line: Nationals -110, O/U 7

What a fantastic pitching matchup we have in this one as left-hander Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89 ERA) gets the call for the Nationals, while the Cardinals counter with two-time World Series Champion, right-hander Adam Wainwright (14-13, 3.94 ERA) in what is sure to be tight, low scoring affair.

The good news for the Nationals is Gonzalez has won ten straight decisions against teams in the NL Central, and they have produced a stellar 12-3 record in his last 15 starts on the road. The bad news is the Nationals have lost four consecutive games played on a Sunday.

The Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 games when Wainwright toes the rubber, but they are 0-5 when he is listed as an underdog. Additionally, the Red Birds have won 7 of their last 10 playoff games overall, and 15 of their last 22 divisional postseason matchups.

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Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants
First Pitch @ 9:35 PM ET
Betting Line: Giants -150, O/U 7

The Reds are looking to take the first two games of this series and have called on right-hander Bronson Arroyo (12-10, 3.74 ERA) to earn them a commanding lead. But, the Giants won’t lay down that easy, as they have decided to counter with left-hander Madison Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37 ERA) to even up the series before they play game three in Cincinnati.

With a win last night, the Reds have improved their recent playoff record to just 1-4 in their last 5 games. However, they have also earned themselves another victory on the road, making that 8 out of their last 11 played away from Great American Ball Park. On another note, the Reds are riding a four-game losing streak when Arroyo takes the mound.

The Giants are 10-4 in their last 14 games played against teams in the NL Central, and have also produced the same 10-4 record in their last 14 playoff games. Overall, the Giants have won 15 of their last 22 games played on a grass field.

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