The Giants are 4-0 this season in elimination games, and like a roach that can't be killed, they keep surviving and living to play another day. And so we Dodgers fans might as well accept it now, that the Tigers will be playing the Giants in the World Series. Cardinals fans, get ready to be disappointed, tonight and tomorrow.
Just look at the facts:
- Like in the NLDS, the Giants again faced a three-game hole in their series. But unlike the NLDS, the last two games are at home in their friendly short-porch confines. And they've already proven they could win three straight in Cincinnati; now that they've batted St. Louis back in Game 5, Games 6 and 7 at Phone Park should be a cakewalk.
- How else to explain the Game 5 performance of Barry Zito, whose fastball is three seasons removed from any zip, yet flummoxed the red-hot Cardinals and stopped their two-game roll? Zito, who wasn't even good enough to make the Giants' 2010 postseason roster, stumbles into the 2012 playoffs and notches a postseason victory? The baseball gods are clearly smiling on the Giants.
- Orange and black colors are a putrid combination normally, but one has to admit that as we get closer to Halloween, this combination becomes slightly more commonplace and thus a bit less offensive to the eye.
- Ryan Vogelsong, Game 2 NLCS winner, takes the mound for Game 6. And then they've got their ace, Matt Cain, going in Game 7. That's nails.
- Meanwhile, Chris Carpenter takes the mound for the Cards tonight. Carp lasted a pathetic four innings in Game 2, yielding five runs (two earned, with unearned runs due in part to his throwing error), and took the loss. He'll be toast tonight.
- SF is 62-36 at night this year; St Louis is a mediocre 54-50 at night.
- Accuscore / ESPN has St Louis as a slight favorite, with a 55% chance of a win. Which means it won't be at all surprising when the Giants win tonight.
- Winning tonight would give the Giants all the momentum for Game 7, by the way. Which I will remind you is at home.
- The Cardinals didn't get into town until Saturday afternoon, almost 12 hours after the Giants arrived in California. Commentators will always tell you how travel has such an impact on athletes' ability to play effectively. The Cardinals will be wiped.
- The Giants will be riding a wave of emotion, according to the SF Comical.
- And in kind, the San Francisco crowd will be fired up, what with the 49ers having already won this week, Stanford having dominated Cal in the Big Game, and nothing else to compete with this marquee matchup. Concession stands will be stocked with extra chardonnay.
Look, I've already come to terms with it. San Francisco is rolling on, to its second World Series in three years. This is an inevitability, and there's not a damn thing we Dodgers fans can do about it.
All we can do now is hope that the Tigers are rested.