NLCS Game 4 MLB Playoff Picks: Giants vs. Cardinals Tips 10/18/12

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NLCS Baseball Picks
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals

Date: Thursday, October 18th, 8:07 ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
MLB Betting Odds: St. Louis -130
MLB Playoffs On TV: FOX

The 2012 MLB playoffs continue on Thursday in St. Louis, where the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants are going to do battle with one another. Don’t miss our MLB playoff picks and our Giants vs. Cardinals Game 4 NLCS predictions for the baseball playoffs!

For the second time this series, the Cardinals have pulled ahead of the Giants, and for the second time, the Giants are going to try to fight right back to take back control of the series and ensure that this soiree is going to go back to the Bay Area this weekend.

It’s going to be a tough pitching matchup for sure for both of these teams, as there are a lot of question marks surrounding both men. Adam Wainwright was trusted with the baseball in the biggest game of the season, Game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals, and he really screwed the pooch, allowing six runs in just 2.1 innings before getting the hook. He’s back out there for the first time in this series, and he is going to be facing Tim Lincecum, who is going to be making his first start of the playoffs tonight. Lincecum has been great in relief, but he was a lousy starter all year long. He never made up for that atrocious start to the season, and he never looked like a man that has Cy Young potential and the awards to back it up.

In the end, this is going to be a close series throughout, and we would be crazy to think that the Cardinals are going to win this game more than perhaps 55% of the time. That means that we have to take the Giants and their “Freak” and hope for the best out of Lincecum, or the worst for a second straight start out of Wainwright. Either way, we still think this is a game that could come down to just one swing of the bat or one single pitch.

San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals Pick: San Francisco Giants +120

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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