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On 10/05/2011 08:50 AM in MLB

Playoff Report

Weather to watch

Meteorologists expect temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s when the Philadelphia Phillies head to St. Louis for Game 4. About 7 mph winds are expected to blow toward the third base line with a zero percent chance of precipitation.

Who’s hot

MLB: Philadelphia has won five of its last six.

WNBA: Minnesota is 19-7 against the spread in its last 26 home games.

Who’s not

MLB: The over is just 2-5-1 in the last eight meetings between St. Louis and Philadelphia.

WNBA: Atlanta is 0-4 against the number in its last four meetings with Minnesota.

Key stat

22 – If you’re talking about parity in the NFL, consider this: A total of 22 games from Week 3 and Week 4 were decided by seven or fewer points, the most in any two-week period in NFL history. This week 11 of 13 games on the board currently have pointspreads set at seven or fewer points. A total of 35 games through four weeks have been decided by seven or fewer points, which also an all-time high.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals – Despite his finger injury, Holliday managed to squeeze a big pinch-hit single through the right side of the infield in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss. Look for the Cards to have him ready as their first pinch hitter off the bench again on Wednesday if needed.

Game of the day

Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals (+105, 8)

Notable quotable

“The fun will be in February when you guys are interviewing us up in Indy. That’ll be fun. Very bold prediction. But I’m gonna stand by it.” – Redskins running back Tim Hightower told CSNWashington.com about playing in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The Redskins are on their bye this week and are currently set around +4500 to win the Super Bowl.

Notes and tips

Angel Hernandez is scheduled to be behind the plate when Philadelphia heads to St. Louis for Game 4. Hernandez saw home teams go just 14-21 in the regular season while the under was 19-14 in the games he worked. The early line for Wednesday’s matchup has the visiting Phillies pegged as -115 favorites with a 7.5-run total. About 61 percent of Covers.com Consensus bettors are currently backing Philadelphia.

The Atlanta Dream are expected to have 6-foot-5 center Erika de Souza back in the lineup for Wednesday’s Game 2 of the WNBA finals. She left the team midway through the playoffs to play for Brazil in the Olympic qualifiers and her presence in the middle should help the Dream deal with Minnesota center Rebekkah Brunson, who went off for 26 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1’s victory. The Lynx outrebounded the Dream 40-28 and outscored them 52-30 in the paint. The Lynx are set as 5.5-point home favorites for Game 2.

Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is feeling better and expects to play in Saturday's game against Wake Forest. Manuel injured his non-throwing shoulder in a loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 17. He practiced for the first time since the injury on Monday. Manuel said his range of motion and strength have improved greatly from two weeks ago. However, coach Jimbo Fisher was non-committal when asked if Manuel or redshirt freshman Clint Trickett would play against Wake Forest. Trickett threw for 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in his first career start with Manuel out, a 36-30 loss to Clemson. Florida State is currently set as at 13-point favorite this week.