MLB Free Picks and Moneyline: Giants vs. Padres

6:40 PM ET, September 4, 2013
Petco Park, San Diego, California

Starting Pitchers
San Francisco: Lincecum (8-13, 4.38 ERA)
San Diego: Stults (8-12, 3.81 ERA)

Tim Lincecum’s future is still unclear for many online sports betting fans but this notion hasn’t seemed to affect the pitcher in his most recent starts.

Having won back-to-back outings for the first time this MLB season, Lincecum will try to add to that streak tonight when the San Francisco Giants face the San Diego Padres. This will be the Washington native’s first time since his no-hitter in July.

Even when Lincecum’s contract ends after this season, San Francisco so far hasn’t engaged in any significant talks with the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and member of two championship clubs.

YouWager experts think that the Giants have been hesitant regarding Lincecum due to the fact that he’s 47-52 with a 3.86 ERA in his last four seasons after going 33-12 with a 2.55 ERA in his Cy Young-winning years.

Even so, the right-hander has provided the Giants (61-77) with one of its highlights in this disappointing baseball season, his first career no-hitter versus the Padres on July 13. The 2x World Series Champ struck out 13 and threw a career-high 148 pitches while becoming the first pitcher to pull off the feat at nine-year-old Petco Park.

Lincecum went 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA in his six starts after that game however he has done his best in recent times to end another inconsistent campaign and impress some fans. He’s 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last two MLB games and had one of his better outings of the season Friday, pitching six innings in a 1-0 victory versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Lincecum is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts away from home. The Padres will be sending Eric Stults (8-12, 3.81) to the mound.

The 33 year-old is 0-5 with a 4.91 ERA in his last eight overall outings. Stults is also 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in his last four starts and gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 9-2 defeat at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

Even so, Stults is 5-2 with a 1.91 ERA in his last 11 home starts and 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last two matchups with the Giants. He allowed one run over six innings in his most recent one, a 10-1 victory July 14 at Petco.


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