Giants vs. Cardinals Game 4 Pick
ST. LOUIS, MO (ATS Consultants) – This is the fourth game of the National League Championship Series. St. Louis took Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead. Tim Lincecum takes the mound for the Giants against Adam Wainright for the Cardinals. The opening pitch starts at 8pmET from Busch Stadium from St. Louis.
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cardinals are -135 favorites over the Giants. The total is 7 in most books. The Giants come in with a 98-72 record and are 92-72 Over, while the Cardinals are 94-77 overall and are 84-82 Over.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Cardinals opened as a -135 favorite and remained there in most books. The total started at 7 and remained there in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers currently placed on tonight’s game, 58% of public bettors favor the Giants. These numbers are subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link available in this paragraph to get the most up-to-date information.
MLB FREE PICK: Take Detroit. According to latest MLB trends, the Giants are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games, 7-1 in their last 8 playoff games as an underdog of +110 to +150, 6-1 in their last 7 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150, 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog, 10-3 in their last 13 games as a road underdog, 13-4 in their last 17 games as an underdog, 15-5 in their last 20 games following a loss, 27-9 in their last 36 when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game, 25-10 in their last 35 road games, 26-11 in their last 37 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5, 6-0 in Lincecum's last 6 road starts and are 5-1 in Lincecum's last 6 starts. Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game. The St. Louis Cardinals hold a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series, but they could be without hot-hitting Carlos Beltran in Game 4. Beltran, who is batting .414 this postseason with three homers, is listed as day-to-day after exiting Wednesday’s game in the second inning with a strained left knee. Tim Lincecum is set to make his first start of the postseason after allowing one run on three hits with nine strikeouts in three relief appearances. Wainwright looks to rebound from the shortest start of his career after allowing six runs over 2 1/3 innings against Washington last Friday in Game 5 of the Division Series. The Giants can't afford to go down 3-1 and Lincecum has something to prove.
2012 MLB POSTSEASON NLCS GAME 4 FREE PICK: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS +125