Time/Place: 8:00 p.m., AT&T Park
Media: FOX, Postseason.TV
Pitching Matchup: RHP Lance Lynn (18-7, 3.78 ERA) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37 ERA)
Instead of providing actual analysis on this game, I'm going to piecemeal awesome quotes from the two awesome SB Nation sites listed above.
Grant Brisbee, McCovey Chronicles:
Look at Yadier Molina's career some time. The guy moved from Whiteside to Bengie to Buster in a nice, linear fashion after being rushed to the majors. They develop and nurture hitters like no other organization in the game, and then you add a Matt Holliday into the lineup. It's almost unfair.
For most of the season, the Cardinals' late-inning relief was good, but their middle relief was shaky, so it looked like the strategy they used last year in the playoffs wasn't going to be tenable this year. Surprise! Trevor Rosenthal throws 100 m.p.h. with command!
Honestly, just go read the entire piece.
And then there's the slightly more pompous Viva El Birdos:
I hardly expected Posey to walk normally again after watching that collision much less be a catcher. I never expected the kind of offensive prowess that he displayed this year. With a .336/.408/.549 slash line, he's the heart and soul of the Giants offense. With Melky Cabrera suspended for banned supplement usage, there really isn't anyone else in the Giants lineup that should scare Cardinals' pitchers. Guys like Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt either aren't what they once were or never became what they were supposed to be.
This team [the Giants] has exactly one superstar and then fills in around that with decent position players and good pitchers. They're a solid team but the offense one-dimensional, their pitching is no more elite than the Cardinals and their bullpen really comes down to two guys. If the Cardinals can take out the Washington Nationals -- who had the best starting pitcher of either team and a more balanced offense -- the Giants are a beatable obstacle.
Baseball gods, please take note of this.