ATLANTA BRAVES (91-71)
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (92-70)
NLDS Game 1, Thursday 9:35 p.m. EDT
Line: San Francisco -155, Atlanta +145 Total: 6.5
The last Game 1 on the docket pits Derek Lowe (16-12, 4.00 ERA) and the Braves against Tim Lincecum (16-10, 3.43 ERA) and the Giants. Lowe finished the regular season on fire, winning his final five starts and not allowing more than two runs in any of those outings. He was 2-0 in two starts against the Giants this year, combining to go 11.1 innings and giving up just three runs and nine hits. Lowe is 7-5 with a 3.02 ERA in his career against San Francisco. Sports scores.
Lincecum also comes in hot, with a 2-1 record and a 1.80 ERA over his past three starts. He has won five of his past six outings and has struck out 52 batters over that span. Lincecum took the loss against the Braves on August 5, going 6.1 innings and giving up three runs on six hits, including two home runs. He fared better against Atlanta back in April, surrendering two runs over seven innings and picking up the win in his second start of the year. In eight career games against the Braves, Lincecum is 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Baseball scores.
Atlanta earned a much-needed win over Philadelphia to make the playoffs, and the FoxSheets think that game might take a toll on the Braves in Game 1:
Play Against – Road teams (ATLANTA) – off a one-run win over a division rival, with a hot starting pitcher- ERA less than 2.50 over his last 3 starts. (149-86 since 1997.) (63.4%, +62.7 units. Rating = 3*). Basketball scores.