After the St. Louis Cardinals took Game 1 over the San Francisco Giants with a 6-4 victory, all eyes will be on Game 2 to see whether the series will be tied up going to St. Louis or if Giants will really be in a hole, down 2-0.
Game 2 will feature two of the best pitchers in the National League, Chris Carpenter for St. Louis and Ryan Vogelsong for San Francisco.
Carpenter barely pitched in the regular season, so he hasn’t had the opportunity to see the 2012 Giants just yet. He has had a good amount of success against San Francisco in the past, going 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 53 innings over eight starts.
Vogelsong picked up his 10th win of the season against the Cardinals back in mid-August, throwing seven shutout innings in a 15-0 blowout. He is 2-4 in 16 career appearances against St. Louis, six being starts, with a 6.51 ERA in 47 innings.
Neither teams' pitchers did particularly well in Game 1, so commanding the zone will be a big factor in Game 2. Here are some of the biggest matchups to look for between the Cardinals and Giants.