The Pitching Matchup: Adam Wainwright (0-0, 12.46 ERA) got knocked around a bit in the Division Series, giving up 11 hits and 6 earned runs to the Dodgers in his 4.1 innings. Luckily, the offense bailed him out, rallying for 8 runs in the 7th inning to win game 1.
Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 1.13 ERA) was dominant in the do-or-die wildcard elimination game against the Pirates,pitching a complete game shutout. In game 3 of the Division Series, he had kept the Nationals silent until the seventh inning, when he made an errant throw to third base, allowing two runs to score.
The Skinny: Two of the best pitchers in the league are on the mound tonight, and we won’t expecting them to be making a lot of mistakes. Offense will be a deciding factor tonight. Each of the Giants’ wins against the Nationals in the Division Series was by a single run. Each of the Cardinals’ wins against the Dodgers was decided by either one or two runs. Other than the slugfest 10-9 victory over the Dodgers last week, neither the Cardinals nor the Giants scored more than three runs a game so far. Whichever team’s bats gets hot first gets a significant advantage.
Familiar Setting: This will be the fourth time that the Cardinals and the Giants have met up in the Championship Series. The Cardinals have been in the NLCS each of the past four years, and the Giants have been in the NLCS three of the last five years. Either the Cardinals or the Giants have been the NL Champions seven out of the last twelve seasons.