Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer and Giants righty Matt Cain didn’t need to know the outcome of Saturday’s World Series game to understand that when they take the mound Sunday the stakes will be high. Both starters couldn’t wait to take advantage of an opportunity to give their team a much-needed — or must-have victory — on tonight in Game 4.
“I absolutely relish it,” Scherzer said.
The Giants took a 3-0 lead in the seven-game series with Saturday’s win.
“You try to trick yourself into thinking it’s another game, but you know what’s going on,” Cain said. “Your mind and your body, they know what’s going on.”
Both teams probably like their chances with the starters they’ll have in the game.
Scherzer, who was 16-7 in the regular season with 231 strikeouts that trailed only teammate Justin Verlander’s baseball-leading total, is 0-1 with an 0.82 ERA this postseason.
Cain, meanwhile, hasn’t been quite as sharp in the playoffs as he was during the regular season. He is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA in the postseason after throwing a perfect game in June and going 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA for the season.
Frigid feeling: With the temperature still hovering at about 50 degrees during batting practice, most of the players on both teams were dressed normally while getting in their swings. A few players, mostly on the Giants, wore ski caps in the cage. It only got colder throughout the night, quite the contrast to the mild temperature in San Francisco for Games 1 and 2.
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