The 2012 NLCS isn’t anything new, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be special.
The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to take on the San Francisco Giants this week in a best-of-seven series to decide who’ll face off against the winner of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers.
Here’s when and where to watch each Cards-Giants game.
2012 NLCS Schedule
|1||Sunday, October 14||8:00 p.m.||FOX|
|2||Monday, October 15||8:00 p.m.||FOX|
|3||Wednesday, October 17||4:00 p.m.||FOX|
|4||Thursday, October 18||8:00 p.m.||FOX|
|5||Friday, October 19||8:00 p.m.||FOX|
|6||Sunday, October 21||4:30 p.m.||FOX|
|7||Monday, October 22||8:00 p.m.||FOX|
Neither NL club is a stranger to October.
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St. Louis won the 2011 World Series and San Francisco the year before. That’s why there won’t be anything new in the NLCS this year. These teams are loaded with players who know what it takes to get to the title—as opposed to, say, if the Washington Nationals were still alive.
Sure, the faces of those championship squads, Albert Pujols and Brian Wilson, won’t be competing—Pujols because he’s gone and Wilson because he’s on the DL. But while the ratings would receive a boost with those two names in the programs, their absence won’t lessen the quality of competition.
The Associated Press reported that Giants catcher Buster Posey said of the NLCS showdown (via ESPN):
"It's definitely a fun matchup. These should be some fun games to watch. Both teams have good arms, good offenses. And the resiliency of both teams is the strength of both teams."
The Cardinals finished the regular season as one of the hottest teams in baseball winning seven of their last 10 games. And their momentum has yet to dissipate having eliminated the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals up to this point in the postseason.
The Giants, on the other hand, didn’t finish the regular season strong going 5-5 in their last 10. They also lost the first two games of the NLDS. But they caught fire and won three games in the Cincinnati Reds’ house.
With both teams scorching, something has to give.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.