Braves vs Giants Game 1 MLB Playoffs 2010 Picks, Predictions & Odds: Finally, after watching all the other divisional playoffs, the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants get a chance to play some baseball when the National League Divisional Series between the clubs gets underway Thursday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Right-hander Derek Lowe will take the mound for the Braves to start this game. Lowe was 16-12 this season with a 4.00 ERA. Lowe's opponent in this one will be Tim Lincecum. The Giants ace right-hander had a 3.43 ERA to go along with a 16-10 record this season.
Bodog.com oddsmakers currently have the Giants listed as -165 moneyline favorites versus the Braves while the game's total is sitting at 6 1/2. Braves backers are getting +150 moneyline odds as underdogs.
Having relocated his slider, Lowe went 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA in five September starts. The veteran hurler is 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA in eight career starts at AT&T Park. He is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in his past five starts against the Giants.
Lincecum actually pitched better on the road (7-3, 3.17 ERA) than at home (9-7, 3.69). Braves hitters batted just .216 off him in the two games he faced them. Lincecum finished strong, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.94 ERA in September.
Atlanta has enjoyed some success when playing San Francisco with the Braves going 4-2 SU in its last six games when it played the Giants, with the total falling UNDER in six of the last seven games. San Francisco is 6-1 SU in its last seven games when playing at home against Atlanta.
MLB Picks: The Giants, with Lincecum starting, is the best pick for today's game.
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