Tonight, October 19th, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants will meet in game five of the National League Championship Series, with first pitch set to go 8:05 PM ET from Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals are just one win away from making their second consecutive trip to the World Series, with a golden opportunity to close out the Giants at home in front of their loyal fans.

The Giants have decided to call on left-hander Barry Zito (0-0, 6.75 ERA) as their game five starter, who will be looking to bounce back from his rocky game four outing against the Reds in the NLDS.

Zito allowed four hits and four walks in just 2 2/3 innings pitched in that contest.

Overall, Zito has made nine career starts against the Cardinals, with less than satisfactory results. He has produced a 2-6 record versus the Redbirds with a 4.89 ERA. However, he did beat them this season in his lone outing.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals will counter with right-hander Lance Lynn (1-1, 8.59 ERA), who produced 18 wins during the regular season.

The all-star had a fine season, but wore down in August.

In fact he only pitched in relief in the NLDS against the Nationals. However, he was awarded with starting game one of the NLCS and looked sharp early, but then got roughed up for four runs in the forth inning – forcing an early exit.

Even though the Cardinals are in good shape with a 3-1 series lead, we cannot overlook the fact that they have blown a margin like this in the past three different times (1968 & 1985 World Series, 1996 NLCS).

That said, the Oddsmakers still feel strongly about the Cardinals chances of closing out the series tonight, as they have listed the Redbirds as a -155 favorite, while posting an over/under total at 8 runs.

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