Don't call it a comeback: The San Francisco Giants have already done that this postseason.
It wasn't that long ago when the Giants came back from 2-0 down to defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Division Series, and it's almost the same script this time around.
Being down 3-1 to the defending World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, it appeared that all was over for the Giants and that their miraculous run would come to an end three nights ago.
Then Barry Zito pitched magnificently in Game 5. Then Ryan Vogelsong added another big-time performance to his resume after Game 6 on Sunday night.
With Matt Cain on the mound for Game 7 tonight, would anyone dare to go against the Giants with the way they've been executing?
Exactly. Which is why Game 1 of the World Series will be in San Francisco after tonight when the Giants end the war between the last two World Series champions.
Now, before we move on to the talk of how much momentum plays into this game, let's state the obvious. As much as Cain will be ready to go at 5 p.m. tonight, he has one win in three outings this postseason, but it was a big-time win expected from a big-time ace.
When the Giants completed the comeback against the Reds, it was the clincher in Game 5 that Cain went 5.2 innings and got a huge boost from the San Francisco bats. Of course, that was highlighted by the fact that Buster Posey hit a grand slam in the fifth inning.
If he did it once, why not believe that Cain will go out in another close-out game and do it again?
Add in the dominant pitching with the unexpected offensive surge, and it looks like the World Series all over again from two years ago.
The great majority of that offensive production has come from Marco Scutaro, who went from possibly missing the rest of the NLCS with that hip injury, to playing through it and batting .458 and four RBI in the series.
If it wasn't for the second baseman's ability to get on base and score runs, San Francisco may not even be in this situation. Hunter Pence and Posey have more than struggled in this series, combining to go 6-for-45 at the plate.
At least it'll be an easy choice as to who will be named the NLCS MVP.
And while San Fran's offense is starting to get going, the middle of the Cardinals' lineup isn't 100 percent healthy. Matt Holliday was scratched from Game 6 with back tightness, and no one's even sure if Carlos Beltran is fully healthy from that knee injury he suffered in Game 4. Beltran's only gone 2-for-8 in the last two games.
But above all else, with that ballpark, that crowd and the way the starting rotation has come alive, momentum is all on the Giants' side right now, and it seems almost impossible for the Cardinals to find a way out of this hole on the road at AT&T Park.
Not many people gave the Giants a chance to get back to the World Series. All year, it was talk of Cincinnati and the Washington Nationals that were stealing headlines. Hell, no one thought that the Giants would make the World Series two years ago, either.
They're proving once again that it takes more than big names to win a championship, and they could be well on their way to doing it again. But San Francisco must get through tonight in order to get into that conversation.
But, again, who's going to doubt them? I did two years ago, and I'm a Texas Rangers fan.
How do you think that worked out?
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