The Giants are 4-0 in elimination games. Their goal is 6-0, which would get them to the World Series.
To have a chance at 6-0 though, they’ll first have to get through Game 6 of the NL Championship Series today.
Down two games to none in the best-of-five NL Division Series, they beat the Reds three straight times in Cincinnati.
In the best-of-seven NLCS, they fell down 3-1 only to beat the Cardinals 5-0 in Game 5 on Friday night, their fourth straight win in games that, with a loss, could have ended their season.
“We’re just excited that we’re going home and still playing ball at this point,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Barry Zito stunned the Cardinals by pitching scoreless ball into the eighth inning, and now it’s Ryan Vogelsong’s turn. On deck is Matt Cain, Game 7’s starter.
“I’m just going to try to compete as hard as I can,” Vogelsong said of his start today. “I’m sure [opposing pitcher Chris] Carpenter is going to be on top of his game, as always. It’s going to be an interesting game. I’m going to have to be sharp because with him on the mound one run can lose a game for you.”
Vogelsong has been a pleasant surprise this postseason, posting a 1.50 ERA and allowing only seven hits in 12 innings over two starts. He gave up one run over seven frames in Game 2, and he threw seven scoreless innings in a 15-0 win at Busch Stadium on Aug. 8. Yadier Molina is 3-for-14 and Carlos Beltran is 6-for-13 with a home run against Vogelsong, who finished the regular season with a 0.53 ERA over his final three starts.
On the offensive side, the Giants are also hoping to get more production from the heart of their order, starting with MVP candidate Buster Posey, who is 3-for-18 with three walks in the NLCS.
Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco have both struggled this postseason, but Bochy has been reluctant to replace either outfielder with Xavier Nady. Pence is one of the Giants’ clubhouse leaders, but he’s hitting just .154 (6-for-39) in the playoffs.
One bright spot has been Pablo Sandoval, who has homered in each of his past two games, and he’s hitting .310 (13-for-42) with three home runs in 10 postseason games.
The Giants are trying to become the third team in NLCS history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit and reach the World Series.