Tell me if you heard this before: The San Francisco Giants are unbelievably resilient.
Well, the truth is that they are.
After winning the World Series a few short years ago with a feisty, quick-to-recover group of players, the 2012 Giants have looked even more so this postseason.
After getting upended to start the National League Divisional Series by the Cincinnati Reds 2-0, the San Francisco Giants did something no other team has done in the history of the MLB—won three straight road games to win the best-of-five NLDS. And that was after the team was outscored 14-2 in the first two games.
Now entering the NLCS against the somewhat surprising, but defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants will look to set off on the right foot by exploiting some of the Cardinals' weaknesses.
It is not often that the past two World Series winners square off in the postseason, especially in the league's championship series, so the atmosphere is sure to be electric. But the best-of-seven will start off Sunday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Here are five keys the Giants need to hit to secure a Game 1 victory against the Cards.