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Before every game of the ALCS and NLCS, FindTheBest will break down the pitching matchup to see which team has the edge on the mound.

By Will Laws
October 12, 2014

Before every game of the ALCS and NLCS, FindTheBest will break down the pitching matchup to see which team has the edge on the mound.

NLCS Game 2: Jake Peavy (Giants) vs. Lance Lynn (Cardinals)

Jake Peavy was finally credited with his first postseason win in his sixth attempt in Game 1 of the NLDS against Washington, a two-hit scoreless effort through 5 2/3 innings. It was an outing that Peavy sorely needed to prove himself in the playoffs after compiling a 9.27 ERA in his first five postseason starts.

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Peavy is definitely not the same stud he was with the Padres in the mid-2000s, but his 2.17 ERA in 12 starts with the Giants since being acquired from Boston proves that the 33-year-old still has more than enough left in the tank to pass as San Francisco’s No. 2 option.

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Lance Lynn, however, might just be the superior pitcher at this point. After enduring second-half collapses in both 2012 and 2013, Lynn followed up a solid first half (3.14 ERA, .245 BAA) with stellar results (2.22 ERA, .228 BAA) after the All-Star break to combine for what was unquestionably his best professional campaign.

However, the only time Lynn faced the Giants this year resulted in his worst start of the season by WPA (-.380). That essentially means he was 38 percent responsible for the Cardinals' defeat, which isn’t surprising considering he allowed seven runs (four earned) off eight hits and four walks in just 3 1/3 innings.

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