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St. Louis Cardinals (9-7 Mike Napoli Jersey , third in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (11-6, first in the NL Central)Milwaukee; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.94 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 18 strikeouts) Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 6.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 20 strikeouts)LINE: Brewers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runsBOTTOM LINE:The Brewers will face the Cardinals after Yelich’s three-home run gameThe Brewers are 9-2 against NL Central teams. Milwaukee has hit 31 home runs this season, fourth in the MLB. Christian Yelich leads the club with eight, averaging one every eight at-bats.The Cardinals are 4-5 on the road. St. Louis has slugged .455, good for fourth in the National League. Marcell Ozuna leads the team with a .673 slugging percentage, including nine extra-base hits and six home runs. The Brewers won the last meeting 10-7. Junior Guerra secured his first victory and Yelich went 3-for-4 with three home runs and seven RBIs for Milwaukee. Mike Mayers registered his first loss for St. Louis.TOP PERFORMERS: Yelich leads the Brewers with 23 hits and has 22 RBIs. Yasmani Grandal is 17-for-33 with two doubles, four home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with seven home runs and has 12 RBIs. Ozuna is 11-for-38 with two doubles http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , six home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 5-5, .280 batting average, 6.70 ERA, outscored by six runsCardinals: 6-4, .251 batting average, 4.19 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runsBrewers Injuries: Bobby Wahl: 60-day IL (knee), Brent Suter: 60-day IL (elbow), Jimmy Nelson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Knebel: 60-day IL (elbow), Jeremy Jeffress: 10-day IL (shoulder).Cardinals Injuries: Mike Mayers: day-to-day (shoulder), Carlos Martinez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Luke Gregerson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm) Yonder Alonso Jersey , Justin Williams: 10-day IL (hand), Tyler O’Neill: day-to-day (arm), Harrison Bader: day-to-day (hamstring tightness). The Houston Astros stormed out of the gates with a 7-2 victory over Boston in Game 1 of the ALCS, before the Red Sox evened things up with a 7-5 win on Sunday night.The series now shifts to Houston, with the first pitch of Game 3 scheduled for 5:09 p.m. ET from Minute Maid Park. TBS will have the broadcast.Ahead you'll find a few bold predictions for the game, including the final score. Nathan Eovaldi Continues Boosting his Free-Agent StockNathan EovaldiBillie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesAfter missing the 2017 season recovering from a second Tommy John surgery, Nathan Eovaldi returned strong for the Tampa Bay Rays, posting a 4.26 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 57 innings over 10 starts.That was good enough for the Red Sox to bite at the trade deadline, and he pitched to a 3.33 ERA over 54 innings spanning11 starts and one relief following the trade.He took the ball in Game 3 of the ALDS and tossed a gem in his postseason debut, allowing just five hits and one earned run over seven innings.He again gets the start in Game 3 of the ALCS, and he'll be looking to add a few more zeroes to his upcoming foray into free agency with another strong start.The 28-year-old allowed seven hits and four earned runs in six innings against the Astros back on June 20 when he was still pitching for the Rays. He's 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in two career starts at Minute Maid Park. Jose Altuve Keeps Things CloseElsa/Getty ImagesOff to a quiet 1-for-8 start through two games, look for Jose Altuve to make some noise for the Astros in Game 3.Altuve hit .310/.388/.634 with two doubles, seven home runs and 14 RBI in 80 plate appearances last postseason http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , and there's a reason he's a career .316/.365/.453 hitter over eight big league seasons.He's simply too good of a hitter to keep quiet all series.The 28-year-old also has strong numbers in his career against Eovaldi, having gone5-for-15 with one double and two home runs. That includes a 3-for-4 performance earlier this season that included a double and a home run.It's a small sample size, and batter vs. pitchers splits can often be attributed more to chance than anything else, but it's still reason enough to call Altuve a player to watch for Houston in Game 3.Look for a multi-hit performance and a long ball, as Eovaldi pitches well, but the Astros are able to keep things close thanks to their offensive spark plug. The Red Sox Take Control of the SeriesMookie BettsMaddie Meyer/Getty ImagesAfter splitting the first two games, there's no question Game 3 will be pivotal in this series.The pitching matchup of Dallas Keuchel and Eovaldi could help keep the offenses quiet in the early going, but don't expect a pitcher's duel.Look for both starters to run into some trouble the second time through the batting order.Eovaldi bends but doesn't break, while the Red Sox put a crooked number on the board in the fifth inning to seize control of the game and the series.Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered the big blow in Game 2 with a three-run double. This time, it's Mookie Betts who gets the job done with a three-run home run that puts Boston up for good.Final Score:Red Sox 6, Astros 2All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted.

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