Matt Cain for the Giants and Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals will go face to face for a spot in the World Series against the Tigers; Game 7 will be this Monday at 8 PM ET at AT&T Park.
The Giants are 5-0 facing elimination this season, but they can trust numbers because the Cardinals have made a reputation of winning when it matters the last few seasons.
“There are two teams in the same boat right now. You’ll see two teams go out and give it everything they’ve got,” Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt said. “This is what we play all year for and we’ll put it all on the line. This is Game 7. There’s only one better Game 7. They are no more what-if scenarios”.
“We’ve got to make some adjustments but our team’s done that all season,” manager Mike Matheny said. “One thing I know is these guys take these to heart”.
Cain is1-2, with a 4.67 ERA in the postseason: his last outding was against the Reds after allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings to earn a 6-4 win over Cincinnati in a decisive Game 5.
“For some reason it seems like I wouldn’t say we like it, but it seems like guys are playing really well when we get in this situation,” Cain said. “Guys are just kind of letting it all hang out and it seems to be working out really well”.
The Cardinals are 3-0 in their last three Game 7s since they lost to the Braves in the 1996 NLCS.