Giants-Cardinals Game 2 NLCS lineups
There are a few streaks at play in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series tonight, and both favor the Giants, who are already up 1-0 in this best-of-seven series. San Francisco has won seven straight -- and 15 of 19 -- postseason games on the road.
St. Louis, meanwhile, has lost four straight NLCS games to San Francisco since jumping out to a 3-1 lead in 2012. It'll be on Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn to help stop those streaks in Game 2 against the Giants and right-hander Jake Peavy.
Here's a look at the lineups (8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1):
Manager Bruce Bochy will stick with the winning formula from Saturday's 3-0 shutout, employing his usual lineup against right-handed starters in Game 2.
The Giants have had plenty of success against Lynn, batting .355/.403/.500 against the Cardinals' No. 2 starter in his career. Six different Giants starters are hitting at least .300 lifetime versus Lynn, including Buster Posey (4-for-10 with a homer) and Brandon Crawford (3-for-10 with a pair of doubles).
Pablo Sandoval, batting fourth, led the way in Saturday's win, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Travis Ishikawa also had a multihit game from the eighth spot, going 2-for-3.
1. Gregor Blanco, CF
2. Joe Panik, 2B
3. Buster Posey, C
4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Brandon Crawford, SS
8. Travis Ishikawa, LF
9. Jake Peavy, RHP
Though the names remain the same from Game 1, St. Louis skipper Mike Matheny will shake up the order against Peavy, bumping the left-handed-hitting Jon Jay and Matt Adams up to second and fourth, respectively.
Adams is hitting .303 against right-handers for his career, compared with a .197 mark versus lefties, while Jay was responsible for two of the Cardinals' four hits in Game 1. He reached base three times with a pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch.
The other two hits Saturday belonged to leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina, batting sixth. Carpenter was 1-for-4 and is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with three doubles, three homers, seven RBIs and a walk in the postseason.
Matt Holliday, third, owns the best career numbers against Peavy: 9-for-30 (.300) with a home run, 10 walks and seven strikeouts. But after Jhonny Peralta (7-for-35) and Molina (6-for-24), no other Cardinals batter has more than three plate appearances versus the Giants righty, including Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong and Tony Cruz, who have never faced him.
1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Matt Adams, 1B
5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Kolten Wong, 2B
8. Randal Grichuk, RF
9. Lance Lynn, RHP