true-sf-giants-new-era-cap.jpgAfter the downpour of rain that some parts of the Bay Area received early this morning, some wondered whether Game 7 of the National League Championship Series would be played as scheduled tonight.

But with weather conditions improving, the San Francisco Giants are expecting an on-time first pitch, team spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said.

There is a 30 percent chance of light scattered showers this afternoon and this evening, National Weather Service meteorologist Austin Cross said.

The Giants-Cardinals game is scheduled to begin at 5:07 p.m.

If rain causes a game delay, Slaughter said, “we will wait it out as long as possible” in order to finish the game tonight.

The winner of tonight’s game between the Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals moves on to the World Series against the American League champions, the Detroit Tigers.

If the game were to begin and is stopped due to rain, it could limit the duration of the outings for starting pitchers Matt Cain and Kyle Lohse, potentially turning the remainder of Game 7 into a matchup of bullpens.

Cain and Lohse were matched up in Game 3 of the series in St. Louis, when the Cardinals won 3-1. Cain went 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs. Lohse allowed one run in 5 and 1/3 innings.

Game 1 of the World Series, which takes place in the home park of the National League champion, is scheduled for Wednesday.

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