You don’t have to care who wins to enjoy a Game 7. And tonight we get to watch a Game 7.
The Giants and Cardinals split their season series, and they’ve each won three games in the National League Championship Series. Tonight they play a winner-take-all — Matt Cain vs. Kyle Lohse — to determine who advances to play the Tigers in the World Series.
I was going to write a post about the Yankees connections on each team, but there really aren’t many.
The Cardinals are mostly home grown, with the bulk of their roster drafted and developed within the organization. Like the Yankees, the Cardinals haven’t had many high first-round selections, but the Cardinals have done what the Yankees would like to do: Find role players in the middle rounds, while also using high-round talent as trade bait (they’ve traded away some of their highest picks from three of the past seven drafts, yet still have a largely in-house big league roster).
The Giants had a strong Yankees connection in Melky Cabrera, but he was left off the playoff roster following his steroid suspension. Beyond Cabrera, the Giants have utility man Joaquin Arias (a small part of a big Yankees trade for Alex Rodriguez) and middle reliever George Kontos (a big part of a small Yankees trade for Chris Stewart). Mostly, the Giants have an extreme version of Brian Cashman’s “Key to the Kingdom” theory: San Francisco had basically a league-average offense but got back to the playoffs on the strength of its pitching.
You might not care who wins, but winner-take-all baseball is a good time, and first pitch is at 8:07 p.m. on FOX.
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