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Cardinals/Giants NLCS Game 4 recap: These are not the NFL predictions you are looking for.

Highest WPA: Adam Wainwright, .246
Lowest WPA: Allen Craig, -.055

Tim Lincecum’s 2012 season has pretty much been a disaster. Is his arm giving out? Has his strange delivery finally turned against him and started to do damage to his body? Is his career over? Something like that? Going back to the bullpen seemed to help him in the NLDS, so Bruce Bochy gave him an opportunity to start game 4 of the NLCS tonight and see if those improvements could transition into a starting role. While he did have a few solid innings in between a horrible 1st, unfortunately for the Giants, he did not have a successful appearance tonight. After the first three batters reached, Lincecum seemed to recover his composure when Angel Pagan managed to turn Allen Craig’s fly ball into a sacrifice fly. Hunter Pence hit a home run in the top of the 2nd to put the Giants on the board, and things looked up for San Francisco. Unfortunately, Adam Wainwright had an exceptional curveball tonight and held down the Giants for the next five innings. Lincecum came apart again in the 5th and the Giants never recovered.

St. Louis is one win away from meeting the Tigers in a rematch of the 2006 World Series. San Francisco was able to turn around a seemingly un-winnable situation on the road against an arguably superior team in the Division Series. Can they do it again? Probably not. But don’t underestimate their ability to stretch this series out more just to disappoint you.

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