By: Ken Rosenthal
With these two teams, this is the way it had to be. The Giants only stir when they face elimination. Ditto for the Cardinals, who led the National League Championship Series, three games to one, then seemed to say, "Whoa, too easy!"
Game 7 is the logical destiny for these two, has been from the start. The Giants are 5-0 in elimination games this postseason. The Cardinals are 6-0 in elimination games going back to last postseason. Both teams, finally, will be on full manic alert Monday night.
"You get those tingly feelings before the game," Giants right fielder Hunter Pence said. "When you're out in the outfield, and there's a flyball hit, you draw on something different. Your back is against the wall. It's a different animal. You can't even explain it."
Well, the Giants' 6-1 victory Sunday night in Game 6 left the playing field level, the urgency the same for both clubs. Weather permitting -- and rain is possible, according to the forecast -- Ga...