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10/18/2012 07:34 pm ET Updated Oct 18, 2012

Giants vs. Cardinals LIVE UPDATES: Tim Lincecum, Adam Wainwright Face Off In NLCS Game 4

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the fifth against the Cincinnati Reds i
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the fifth against the Cincinnati Reds in Game Four of the National League Division Series at the Great American Ball Park on October 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants
vs.
St. Louis Cardinals
National League Championship Series
Game 4
Busch Stadium
8:07 p.m. EST

That Tim Lincecum would be taking the mound for a pivotal playoff game for the San Francisco Giants wouldn't have seemed a strange thing at all before the 2012 season began. Based on Lincecum's in-season struggles (10-15 with a 5.18 ERA), however, Giants manager Bruce Bochy is taking a leap of faith by giving him the ball.

Already trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Giants are counting on the player who had a 1.42 ERA over 6.1 innings of relief work in the NLDS as opposed to one who struggled so mightily during the 2012 campaign that he wasn't initially given a spot in the playoff rotation.

"He's a guy we want out there. He's been throwing the ball well," Bochy told The Associated Press before Game 4. "We've got to bounce back."

Even at his best, the two-time NL Cy Young winner would have his work cut out for him against this Cardinals lineup. Through nine postseason games, St. Louis is averaging more than five runs per game and has topped six runs on five occasions. Of course, the majority of that production has come with Carlos Beltran at the heart of the batting order. After suffering a knee strain early in Game 3, Beltran is not in the lineup for Game 4.

Can the Cardinals stay hot without Beltran? Will Lincecum continue his resurgence?

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To bring some local flavor to our Game 4 live blog, HuffPost Sports has invited our Infographic Design Editor Chris Spurlock, who was born and raised about 30 miles west of St. Louis, to chime in on behalf of Cardinals fans and Chris Anderson, a Senior Editor at HuffPost, to represent Giants fans.

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