Blessing of the animals at the Church of St. John the Divine on Sunday. Stitches, after going a horrific 2-13 last week in the NFL, is hoping the Bears, Cardinals and Jaguars make it to the chapel before 1 p.m.
The Braves and Cardinals split in Atlanta, and now the series shifts to Busch Stadium for Game 3. St. Louis will start Adam Wainwright, a seasoned vet making his 25th playoff start. Postseason ERA reads 3.03, but shrinks to 1.72 at Busch. Atlanta, which evened the series after Mike Foltynewicz silenced the Cards’ bats, will look for an encore performance from Mike Soroka. Solid rookie campaign saw him go 13-4 with a road ERA of 1.55. We had the Red Birds in Game 1, but will back the Bravos and Soroka for 10 units.
Whew! Astros built a 3-0 lead as Gerrit Cole scattered four hits over 7²/₃ innings. The Rays loaded the bases in the ninth inning but the ’Stros held on 3-1. Our 4-1 postseason record has sliced our debt to -535 blasingames.