The San Francisco Giants are down 1-0 in the NLCS. Not ideal, not impossible to win the series. The glaring problem with this? Their wasting their home field advantage. Game 2 is a MUST win game and their going to need Ryan Vogelsong to get deep into the game and give their offense a chance to win. If he gets hit around early, it’s going to be VERY tough for the Giants to win game two.
Offensively? The Giants need to work the count. Chris Carpenter is on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals and he’s been hurt for most of the year. His arm strength can’t be what it has been in the past so I think it’s imperative for the Giants to see a ton of pitches, take a few walks, foul off some two-strike pitches and get into the middle relief. The Cardinals only weak spot is going to be the 6th and 7th innings and the Giants have to take advantage.
This is the most important game for the Giants. They can’t fall down 2-0 heading back to St. Louis. This isn’t the same series as Cincinnati, and the Cardinals will bury the Giants if they get ahead. I can go all day about not throwing Tim Lincecum as a starter, but it’s time for guys like Buster Posey and Hunter Pence to step up and lead the charge.
The Giants have a knack for keeping games and series alive, and this is no different. It’s time to get into the dirt and let’s see if the Giants can claw their way back. Game two is only in a few hours, and I look forward to it.