The San Francisco Giants will look to level things tonight against the St Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of their NL Championship Series playoff. The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead on Wednesday night to gain the advantage as both teams look to make the World Series. The game starts at 8.07 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream via one of the two postseason packages listed below.
St Louis won by a score of 3-1 last night and will now be confident of increasing that lead in Game 4 with home advantage.
However, if they are to take a powerful 3-1 lead in this series tonight the Cardinals may have to do it without Carlos Baltran, who has a knee injury. Beltran has 14 homes runs and 25 RBI in 31 playoff games in his career, and is one of the most influential players in the St Louis team, but he strained his left knee in the first inning of Game 3 and is out of tonight's game. His fitness will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Despite the loss of Baltran in the first inning the Cardinals still managed to win Game 3, with rookie Matt Carpenter hitting a two-run home run in the third inning. Carpenter will be an important player for St Louis without Baltran, and if he can fire then the Cardinals may be able to survive well without their veteran player. Carpenter has scored a run and has three RBI in his eight times out on the plate this postseason.
Meanwhile Tim Lincecum will be pitching for the Giants in his first start in the 2012 playoffs. He has made three appearances from the bullpen so far however, and he will be happy than Baltran is missing; Beltran has a .500 batting average and one home run against him.
The Cardinals will be sending pitcher Adam Wainwright to the mound to counter Lincecum. Wainwright almost gave away the deciding Game 5 to the Washington Nationals recently, and he will be have to be more on his game tonight. In his two starts this postseason so far, he has pitched just eight innings, and given up 13 hits and seven earned runs.
Game 4 of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the St Louis Cardinals will start at 8.07 p.m. ET. with both MLB.com and TBS offering packages to watch the MLB Playoffs online.
On MLB.tv a postseason package is available for just $24.99, and that includes live streaming, HD quality video, in-game stats and highlights and more. Sign up by clicking here.
TBS is also offering coverage through MLB.com on "TBS Hot Corner."
MLB.com has described:
"This year's media player allows fans more interactivity as they'll be able to choose between a Backstop Cam, Pitcher Cam, Dugout Cam and Batter Cam.
"With this year's Live Game Streaming application, fans will have the option to switch between live games, interact with other fans around the country in live chat rooms and vote in live polls. An on-site reporter will bring fans live reports and exclusive interviews throughout the game as well.
"The Hot Corner also offers exclusive on-demand postseason content featuring on-field postgame reactions from players and managers, sit-down player interviews, original postseason-themed music videos featuring rock 'n' roll legends Bon Jovi and a behind-the-scenes look into players' pregame and off-day routines."