Tonight will be telling. At 5PM tonight the people will have a choice, and it will be between baseball, football, and politics. Two of them are important, and the third will probably get the highest ratings. Hard to imagine that this will be the last game for either the San Francisco Giants or the St. Louis Cardinals. This game will cue all the dramatic music you need, and there will be an onslaught of so many unnecessary statistics telling you how the Giants have fared in Game Sevens throughout their history your eyes will be exhausted from the exercise they get in being rolled all night. What is important coming into this game is considering how both sides have performed in this postseason, how neither quit, and how they can both be extremely dangerous at any moment in time. Do not be so foolish as to pronounce the game over at any time, for that last out can be difficult to record.
The lineup for the Cardinals:
Notice that Beltran and Holliday are both in there, more of a surprise Holliday’s in than Beltran, but both are not at 100% (then again, who is nowadays). Lohse walked five in his last start against the Giants but they were unable to capitalize in a 3-1 loss in Game 3.
The home team presents:
The original lineup, tried and true. Important side note: Matt Cain.
Ultimately, this will come down to which pitcher executes better (that might qualify for #analysis, I know) since what we’ve seen this series is how mistakes are getting punished, moreso by the Giants recently, but who is to say the Cardinals can’t get lucky as well? It is more imperative that the Giants get on Lohse quicker than the Cardinals get on Cain because I believe the Red Birds have the tougher bullpen stacked up tonight, even with the Giants having Lincecum and Bumgarner ready to go. The Giants can do this, and must keep the Cards down so they may push them out.
The stuff I’m reading today is divided — some stuff on tonight’s Game 7, and some stuff on Shohei Otani.
Last night’s recap from Alex Pavlovic (ok, so this isn’t all Game 7 stuff)
Brandon Belt talking about the playoff experience
Kyle Lohse possibly pitching over his head
Buster Olney’s insider piece on the Game 7’s of lore
The stats that will be provided as an annoying narrative
Eno Sarris’ article on Otani and lastly
Jim Callis’ Ask BA with info on him as well