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NLCS Game 7: Pitching Preview

October 22, 2012

Baseball

NLCS Game 7 (8:00 FOX): Tied 3-3

Kyle Lohse (STL) v Matt Cain (SF)

Sorry about the lack of an update yesterday guys, but game seven of the NLCS is upon us! I predicted the Cardinals in seven, and I am going to stick with that. Anyway, this game features two guys who are aces of their staff in their own right. Kyle Lohse will be out on the mound for the Cardinals, and he’s been really good in this postseason. He has a 1.96 ERA in his three postseason starts this year, including a game 3 win against these Giants at Busch Stadium. In that outing, he pitched 5 2/3 and though giving up seven hits, he was able to keep the damage to a minimum, allowing just one run while striking out just two. His previous start against Washington was much better, as he pitched seven innings of two hit ball, giving up just a run. Lohse has never pitched at AT&T Park this year, but a player of his caliber won’t be bothered by that at all.

Lohse goes against a perfect gamer of this season in Matt Cain, who has lacked the form this postseason that delivered so much success in 2010. That year, he didn’t allow an earned run in three starts. Cain is also coming off a game three loss to Lohse and the Cardinals. In that outing, Cain allowed three runs in 6 and 2/3s, though it must be noted two of the runs did come off a big blast by Matt Carpenter as he replaced Carlos Beltran in right field early on in the game. This scene is completely different to the one where he got his perfect game. Game seven of a big series where the winner goes into the World Series, and Cain is certainly the pitcher the Giants want on the mound.

Overall:

This one could certainly turn out to be a pitching duel, especially with these two out on the mound. If Lohse keeps the ball down and goes by the form that his recent appearances have been suggesting, then he’ll have no problem with the Giants in game seven. You can never forget what a perfect game does to a pitcher, and Matt Cain will return to the scene where he did all that against the Astros earlier on in the season. Though he has achieved that great result of a perfect game, it was against the Astros, a team that would be classified as the worst in baseball. If there was a pitcher who can turn his form around in just one game, Cain is that guy, but I see Lohse’s previous form as too good to go past.

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I am a student from Melbourne, Australia who loves sport and wants to make writing about it his career. I have a wordpress site at www.sportsotheworld.com with analysis and general information about many Australian, American and International sports. As well as that, I also write on www.thefarmclub.net.

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