San Francisco Giants
Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 4:00 ET
Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH
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MLB Playoffs On TV: TBS
Our 2012 MLB playoffs picks continue on Wednesday night in Cincinnati, where the Cincinnati Reds battle it out with the San Francisco Giants. Join us for our MLB predictions for what should be a remarkable Game 4 of the NLDS.
The Giants have come back from the depths of de facto elimination to force the NLDS to a fourth game, as the road team has now won all three games in this series. San Fran has to hope that this continues both today and tomorrow, because at the first sign of the home team winning, this series is over, and the Reds will be on to the NLCS.
Tonight’s game is going to feature Barry Zito and Mike Leake, both of which are surprising choices for the start for these two managers. That means that Johnny Cueto really isn’t ready to come back from the back problems that he had in Game 1 of this series, and it also means that the confidence just isn’t there in Tim Lincecum for the Giants. To Zito’s credit, he did go 15-8 this year, and he led the team to a 21-11 mark in his 32 starts on the campaign. He didn’t quite look like the Barry Zito of old, but he did have a respectable 4.15 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP, numbers which were adequate for a back of the rotation starter. Leake on the other hand, went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA, and about the only thing that helped him out on a regular basis was the fact that he is one of the best hitting pitchers in the game.
Zito has pitched well down the stretch this year, and he won his final three starts of the campaign. That being said, this still just feels like a series that is going to go to the Reds. The offense for the Giants just hasn’t produced enough, and we don’t think that there will be much in the way of carry forward momentum from that win last night in this park. The bats just aren’t good enough. This is the day that the Reds ditch the G-Men.
San Francisco Giants @ Cincinnati Reds Pick: Cincinnati Reds