MLB Playoffs: Matt Cain Main Key To Game 7

By Andy Schmidt

Tonight’s National League Championship Series Game 7 comes down to just one player in my opinion, and that’s San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Cain has to keep the momentum going that his teammates have had since winning Games 5 and 6 of this NLCS.

Cain has been in this spot before in this postseason with his Game 5 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS on the road. Cain will have the luxury of being at home this time around and there are really only two hitters that Cain has to worry about from career numbers.

Jon Jay is 4-for-6 off Cain and Carlos Beltran, who may not play anyway, is 7-for-18. There really isn’t much else that St. Louis Cardinals hitters have done against Cain except for three home runs by Matt Holliday, but he also has a .200 average against him.

This is a game that boils down to whether Cain can contain the St. Louis hitters, who have to be reeling from the last two games, or if the defending World Series champions have anything left in the tank.

I don’t see the Cardinals having much success in this game with all the pressure in the world now on St. Louis to get back to the World Series after having a 3-1 series lead. The Giants have never won a Game 7 of a seven-game series in their history, but tonight will be the night where San Francisco sees that happen behind Cain.

Get ready to watch the Giants in the World Series on Wednesday night against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.

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