5 Reasons San Francisco Giants Will Win NLCS Game 7

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5 Reasons San Francisco Giants Will Win NLCS Game 7

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The San Francisco Giants have won the last two games against the St. Louis Cardinals to force a Game 7 in the National League Championship Series. It appears just when the Giants’ season seems done and all is lost, the team bands together to quiet their critics.

There is no question the momentum has shifted in their favor, as San Francisco seems destined to make a trip to their second World Series in three years. After the Cardinals humiliated the Giants in Game 4 of the series, San Francisco stormed back and outscored St. Louis 11-1 in the last two games. The Cardinals’ only chance to stop the bleeding rests on the arm of Kyle Lohse, but even that might not stop the fans at AT&T Park from quieting down.

The fact of the matter is everything is going in San Francisco’s favor and that does not bear well for St. Louis. We all witnessed what happened in the National League Divisional Series when the Giants had their backs up against the wall against the Cincinnati Reds. The only difference this time around is the stakes are bigger.

The Cardinals are bred differently than the Reds and are certainly capable of handling the heat. This is the same team that defied all odds last season as they went on their incredible postseason run to win the World Series. However, the Giants are no strangers to making the unbelievable happen either. The following slides are five reasons San Francisco will win Game 7 of the NLCS.

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Momentum Wave

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The 2012 postseason has been one giant rollercoaster ride for the Giants as they have experienced more drama then most teams usually endure. They were the first team to come back from a 0-2 deficit in the NLDS to go on to win the series. However, the party was cut short after St. Louis grabbed Game 1 of the NLCS. Obviously, none of that matters now as San Francisco is riding a momentum wave into Game 7 that cannot be stopped. The ballpark will be jam packed, the fans will be electric, and the players are ready to celebrate once again.

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Matt Cain’s Arm

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Matt Cain is San Francisco’s best starter and his 16-5 regular season record will be put to the test tonight. Cain has struggled in the postseason thus far but all of that can be put behind him with a solid performance against St. Louis. Cain surrendered three earned runs in six 2/3 innings in a loss against the Cardinals in Game 3 of the series. However, he most definitely has the command and the confidence to put away St. Louis for good.

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Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro’s Continued Dominance

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Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro have been phenomenal at the plate in the NLCS, as the batters have combined for two home runs, nine runs batted in, eight runs scored, 29 total bases and 19 hits in 49 plate appearances. Both of these men must repeat their Sunday night performance in which they combined for four hits and three RBIs if the Giants want to advance to the World Series.

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Buster Posey’s Leadership

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The NL Comeback Player of the Year is struggling mightily at the plate in the Championship Series, but that does not mean he still cannot be an exceptional leader for his teammates. Buster Posey must have a big game offensively for San Francisco to be successful but more importantly he must call a great game behind the plate. By doing this he will be able to give his team a great opportunity to win, which is everything the Giants could ask for from their All-Star.

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Bruce Bochy’s Managerial Skills

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Typically Game 7’s come down to two things: limiting mistakes and managing the ball game. As we have already learned in 2012, errors can be very costly and could very well determine who will be victorious Monday night. However, I believe the game will come down to Bruce Bochy out managing Mike Matheny. Bochy simply has more experience in this position and knows how to handle the pressure in a game of this magnitude.

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