The last two MLB champions will battle it out in a deciding game seven Monday night. It will be the St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants to decide the 2012 NL pennant. The game will be played at San Francicso’s AT&T Park.
The Giants won the World Series in 2010, but they did not make the playoffs in 2011. This season they won the NL West.
San Francisco has come back from a three games to one deficit to force a game seven with St. Louis. They came back from a two game to none deficit and won three straight in their best of five divisional series with the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals won it all last year. They have had to go the longest route ever in order to win a championship. St. Louis had to play in the first ever NL play in game where they defeated the Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals came from behind to defeat the Washington Nationals in game five of their divisional series. St Louis was one win away from the series before losing games five and six. Now, they are in their third must win situation of the post season.
Game seven will be a rematch of game three starters. Matt Cain will take the mound for the Giants while Kyle Lohse will pitch for the Cardinals. Lohse defeated Cain in a game interrupted by a three hour rain delay, 3-1. Lohse gave up one run on seven hits while going 5 2/3 innings. Cain lasted 6 2/3 and gave up three runs on six hits. The big blow was a two run homer by St. Louis outfielder Matt Carpenter in the bottom of the third.
There is nothing like a game seven. Both teams know that it is winner take all. The Cardinals are playing their third consecutive playoff series that has gone the distance. Counting their play-in game, St. Louis has played in four winner take all playoffs in a row.
Anyone who says that they know who will win game seven is crazy. No one knows who will win Monday night. Both of these teams have had recent success in championship and World Series play. There will be no panic in the Cardinals and Giants.
The only thing that can be said is there is no team more dangerous than one which has staved off elimination on the road and returns home. Once San Francisco defeated St. Louis in game five they turned the momentum in their favor. The Cardinals had opened the door and the Giants walked in to tie things up on Sunday.
Now we have a battle of champions to decide who goes to the World Series.
We should not have expected anything less from St. Louis vs. San Francisco.