2010 MLB Playoff Predictions - Atlanta Brave Vs San Francisco Giants: Las Vegas odds makers have the San Francisco Giants as -175 MLB picks favorites to win Thursday night’s MLB playoff odds opener. It is the first MLB predictions contest of the N.L. Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. San Francisco is at home and they are starting two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum (16-10). Another fact is that the Braves have the worst regular season MLB picks road record of all eight MLB playoff teams. Sounds Like a slam-dunk, right? Not so fast.
The Brave’s starting pitcher Derek Lowe (16-12) has a little something that Tim Lincecum doesn’t, playoff experience. Lowe has played in eleven MLB predictions playoff series for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox. He has appeared in 21 playoff MLB picks contests and that includes a World Series shut out win in 2004. This will be Lincecum’s first career playoff appearance. Both pitchers Lowe and Lincecum had good Septembers and both the Braves and the Giants had to win on the last day of the season to clinch a spot in the 2010MLB Prediction playoffs.
In Wednesday’s three MLB playoff picks matchups we saw a historic no-hit performance by Philly’s pitcher Roy Halladay, and a stellar performance by Texas pitcher Cliff Lee whom both led their teams to game one wins. The third playoff game saw C.C. Sabathia and Francisco Liriano battle into the late innings of the game. The game wasn’t decided until Liriano was pulled in the seventh inning and The New York Yankee’s scored two runs against the Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jesse Cain.
Thursday’s MLB predictions contest could very much come down to a coach’s decision to pull out their starting pitcher, thinking that they’ve “had enough” or in need of a pinch hitter. The Brave’s have the batting advantage and the Giants have the pitching advantage. Tim Lincecum and Derek Lowe may find themselves in a position where they might have to help their own cause by getting a hit while at the plate, not on the mound.
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