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Join us at Cappers Info, as we make our World Series picks for Game 4 of the Fall Classic between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.
Matchup: San Francisco Giants @ Texas Rangers Game 4
Date: Sunday, October 31st, 7:57 ET
Location: Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Game Line: Texas -135
Over/Under 9 (o+105)
Giants Notes: The Giants picked a particularly poor time to go flat in Game 3 of the World Series. After exploding both in Games 1 and 2 of the Fall Classic, the bats just simply failed San Fran in Game 3. No man in the lineup mustered more than just one hit on the day, and only five hits were recorded in total. The only two runs of the game came courtesy of solo homers, one by OF Cody Ross and one by OF Andres Torres. OF Pat Burrell was particularly awful, going 0-for-4 for four strikeouts. Burrell is now 0-for-9 in this series and has eight strikeouts. It was a poor outing on Saturday for LHP Jonathan Sanchez as well, as he gave up four runs and six hits in 4.2 innings in the worst start of his postseason. Now, it will be up to another lefty, LHP Madison Bumgarner to right the ship in this very crucial Game 4. Bumgarner, a rookie, has pitched extremely well in the postseason. He earned the 'W' in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves in the close out game of the series, and though his Game 4 start against the Philadelphia Phillies was nothing to write home about, he did pitch two scoreless innings in relief to help nail down the final game of that series as well. Bumgarner can't end the World Series on Sunday night, but what he can do is put the Rangers in a world of hurt. This lefty was absolutely phenomenal on the road this season, going 6-3 with an amazing 1.91 ERA. Batters also only hit .250 against him away from Candlestick Park this year.
Rangers Notes: Texas knew that it really needed to come up with a grand showing in its first ever World Series game at home, and that's exactly what it came up with. It was the first game in this series in which the bullpen was spotless, throwing 1.1 innings of shutout ball, and it was also the first time that the team was able to really play from ahead for an extended period of time. The offensive firepower came from a very unlikely source though, as 1B Mitch Moreland knocked a three run dinger in the second inning to get the scoring started. OF Josh Hamilton also went yard in the fifth to open up the lead to 4-0. Both SS Elvis Andrus and 3B Michael Young had a pair of singles on the day. RHP Colby Lewis did the rest. Lewis picked a great time to arguably come up with the start of his life. He pitched 7.2 strong innings of work, giving up two solo homers and three other hits on the day to notch his first ever World Series 'W'. The temptation to start LHP Cliff Lee has to have been there at least for a little bit in the back of manager Ron Washington's mind, especially knowing that he could turn around and pitch Game 7 as well if need be, but knowing that he is going to be able to use his best bullet in the gun in Game 5 and will be guaranteed the chance to use him in this series at least once more made the decision a lot easier. RHP Tommy Hunter hasn't been the greatest pitcher in this postseason, but the one thing that he is certainly traditionally able to do well is pitch at home. Arlington has treated Hunter very well, as he went 7-0 with a 3.06 ERA this year there in 11 starts and one brief relief appearance at the end of the regular season. Hunter does have a 6.14 ERA this year in the playoffs in two starts, but all that Washington is asking him to do on this night is to keep the Rangers in the game, and hope that the bats and extended bullpen will be able to do everything else.
The Final Word: This is a really short line on a team that has played very well at home and has a renewed sense of confidence about it after the Game 3 victory. At some point, the Rangers are going to start hitting again with runners in scoring position, and if that happens, there is a good chance that Bumgarner could get chased early. We'll take our chances on the home prowess of Hunter even though he hasn't pitched all that well in the postseason.
Free World Series Picks: Texas Rangers -135
Prediction: Texas 6 – San Francisco 2