The always exciting Game 7 of the NLCS is set to take place on Monday night at AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants will look to complete their comeback against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals are never out of it until they’re out of it, and they have won six straight must have games dating back to last year’s playoffs. Amongst those games include one where they were once down to their final strike on two different occasions against the Texas Rangers, one where they were facing a pitcher who had never lost as a starter on the year in Kris Medlen and the Atlanta Braves, and most recently, one where they were behind 6-0 with a potential Cy Young Award winner on the mound against Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals. If it overcame all of that, St. Louis can overcome this, too. Kyle Lohse is the perfect man to have on the mound in this spot. He had some control issues when these teams met in Game 3, walking five batters, but all in all, we have to remember that Lohse has allowed just four runs in 18.1 innings of work here in the second season and he really should be 3-0 to show for his work.
The Giants have staged an epic comeback to reach this point in their season, and they aren’t going to want to end up leaving just one win shy of the World Series. The ultimate goal is 105 wins on the campaign (including the playoffs and the regular season), and anything less than that will prove to be a disappointment. After back to back dominating performances by Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito, the third man in line that is hoping to pitch one of the best games of his life is Matt Cain. Cain has been the horse of this staff over the course of the last few years, and there is no doubt that Manager Bruce Bochy is going to be expecting him to have his longest outing here in the playoffs. His longest thus far was the 6.2 innings that he lasted in the Game 3 loss to Lohse and the Redbirds.
There is a point that the madness of the Cardinals has to stop, and this might be the time that it finally happens. The bats have just gone totally cold, and St. Louis looks like it has been left out to dry. The Giants have come this far, and they are going to get back to the World Series for the second time in three years with a win here over the Cardinals in Game 7. San Francisco 5 – St. Louis 2