- National League Championship Series, Game 7: San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals; Monday, 8 p.m. ET from AT&T Park in San Francisco
- TV: FOX (Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal)
- Weather: Persistent rain in the area, which may clear out by first pitch. Windy, with temperatures in the mid 50s.
- Pitching matchup: St. Louis' Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86 ERA) vs. San Francisco's Matt Cain (16-5, 2.79 ERA)
- Odds: San Francisco -139
- Live chat: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. ET with the Mercury News
- The good news for Kyle Lohse is that, out of all the Cardinals' starters this postseason, Kyle Lohse has had the lowest earned run average, at a measly 1.96. He's one of only two St. Louis pitchers to give a quality start in October. He's also thrown the most innings, having gone at least 5 2/3 in each of his three starts. He led the Cardinals to a 3-1 victory in Game 3, allowing seven hits and only one earned run. He'll have to make sure his command is better this time around, though; he allowed five walks in that outing.
- Matt Cain was on the short end of the Giants' Game 3 loss to the Cardinals but had an excellent game. His only real blemish was a two-run home run off the bat of Matt Carpenter. Then again, he did throw three 1-2-3 innings in the game. Cain was also the pitcher of record in the Giants' 6-4 win in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds, completing the comeback the last time the Giants' backs were against the wall.
How they stack up
- The last two times the NLCS went to a seventh and final game, the victors turned out to be the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2006, the hero was Yadier Molina, who blasted a ninth-inning home run to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. Then, a dominant closer took over, and St. Louis moved on to the World Series. Overall, the Cardinals are 3-1 in Game 7s.
- It's that 1 that might sting the most, and might be most relevant to this game. It was 1996, and the Cardinals had a 3-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves. St. Louis was shut out at home -- 14-0 in 1996 (5-0 in 2012) -- then the series moved back on the road. The Cards were able to score one run, but were otherwise stymied by a strong pitching effort.
- In 1996, Donovan Osborne couldn't last through an inning. By the time Braves fans had gotten their hot dogs and found their seats, Atlanta led 6-0. The Braves would go on to win, 15-0, in what would be the greatest postseason collapse until 2004.