MLB Playoff Predictions: Giants vs. Cardinals Game 5 Picks 10/19/12

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San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals

Date: Friday, October 19th, 8:00 ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
MLB Betting Odds: St. Louis -155
MLB Playoffs On TV: FOX

Our 2012 MLB playoffs picks continue on Friday night in St. Louis, where the St. Louis Cardinals battle it out with the San Francisco Giants. Join us for our MLB predictions for what should be a remarkable Game 5 of the ALCS.

The Cardinals are on the verge of the World Series for the second straight year, and they are massive favorites to get the job done right here in front of their hometown crowd. If that turns out to be the case, they’ll end up hosting five consecutive games in the postseason, as Games 1 and 2 of the World Series are also going to be played here at Busch Stadium.

It’s not the friendliest pitching matchup in the world for either side though, and it is a bit surprising that the ‘total’ has come in so low at just 7.5. Remember that both teams have had one game with at least seven runs and one game with at least four in this series, and the idea of Lance Lynn and Barry Zito doing the starting with two bullpens that could be quite tired just doesn’t do it for us. Lynn was a wreck in Game 1 of this series, and even though the Cards did walk away with a 6-4 victory and never trailed in the game, the righty didn’t even make it long enough in the game to qualify for the win, as he lasted just 3.2 innings. Zito hasn’t pitched in nine days, and the hope is that the rest is doing well for him in this must-win game for the Giants.

In the end, the key stat is that the G-Men have won 12 straight games when Zito has been starting. The lefty hasn’t always been at his best, but he has done a good job of protecting leads. It’ll take a few runs to be scored tonight, but if the Giants can get to five, they should be able to stretch this series back to the Bay Area for Games 6 and 7 over the weekend.

San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals Pick: San Francisco Giants +144

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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