The NLCS schedule 2010 looked good for Philadelphia last week. But within days, the NLCS schedule 2010 looked to be a breeze for San Francisco, as the Giants seized control. In fact, it seemed inevitable that the Giants would end things in five games, and celebrate a pennant over the overmatched Phillies at home. Instead, an injured Roy Halladay, some costly mistakes, and late power lifted the Phillies back home, and now the NLCS could take yet another turn tonight.
The Giants still have the long term momentum in this series, as they remain up by 3-2. Although Tim Lincecum couldn’t clinch a pennant, they still have Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain left to make up for it. In addition, they won’t be fazed by the loud Philadelphia crowd, having silenced them in Game 1.
However, the Giants must end the NLCS tonight, or else all of their momentum will be lost. If they fall for the second straight game to a Phillies team that got a second wind, then an ominous Game 7 will come tomorrow. At that point, they would no longer be favored to face the Rangers in the World Series.
Yet the Giants hope to take some inspiration from the Rangers in Game 6. Like the Rangers, the Giants blew their first chance to win the pennant, and presumably gave life back to a struggling favorite. But the Yankees only achieved a stay of execution, as their weaknesses were too big to overcome for two more games.
The Phillies could easily face the same fate, as they still haven’t solved their offensive woes. Roy Oswalt could them give some relief, yet when he relieved them in Game 4, it didn’t end well. As such, no one knows how sharp Oswalt will be, and whether the Giants have now solved him.
Although the NLCS will be in Philadelphia from here on in, the defending NL champs must be perfect to stay alive. Winning three straight against Lincecum, Sanchez and Matt Cain could be too tough of a task, even with Halladay, Oswalt and Cole Hamels on their side.
Like the Rangers, the Giants may have their best pitcher waiting in the wings for Game 7. Cain is hardly as dominant as Cliff Lee, yet he has not given up a run in this postseason, and has been their most consistent ace. So even if Sanchez gets wild, Cain could still stabilize them tomorrow night if he has to.
Nevertheless, San Francisco is not eager to take that chance. Unlike with the ALCS, the Giants cannot end the NLCS schedule 2010 at home. Although they broke the Phillies on the road, Philadelphia is much more comfortable at home than they are in San Francisco. If that advantage works in their favor tonight, then Game 7 will be up in the air.
Can the Giants do what the Rangers did and regain their killer instinct – or has the tide of this series finally turned for the presumed favorite? The latest twists on the NLCS schedule will be revealed tonight, at 7:57 pm est on FOX.
Yahoo Sports- “NLCS: Five important questions heading into tonight’s Game 6”