There was a little bit of worry today that Game Three of the National League Champion Series between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals might get delayed due to rainy weather in Missouri. Fortunately, the plan, as it currently stands, is to start the game on time despite forecasts for thunderstorms, with first pitch scheduled for 4:07 PM ET.

And that first pitch will be delivered by right-hander Kyle Lohse. The Cardinals starter had a career year in 2012, pitching much better at home than on the road (for what it’s worth). His counter part for the day will be Giants staff ace Matt Cain, who hasn’t looked particularly great in his two starts this post season against the Cincinnati Reds. Still, today’s game going ahead is likely to San Francisco’s advantage, as it means that Cain is more likely to get two starts if the series goes the distance, while ensuring that St. Louis will only get one start out Adam Wainwright.

Despite the interesting pitching match up and inclement weather forecasts, the big news of the day is Marco Scutaro’s inclusion in the starting lineup. There were some concerns he might miss a game following his collision with  Matt Holliday, which will live in infamy as the most horrible actions ever undertaken on the base paths. It should also be noted that Madison Bumgarner joined the relievers in the bullpen before today’s game, while Tim Lincecum (dum-da-dum-dum) did not.

Here are the starting lineups:

San Francisco Giants
1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Matt Cain (R) P

St. Louis Cardinals
1. Jon Jay (L) CF
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Allen Craig (R) 1B
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. David Freese (R) 3B
7. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
8. Pete Kozma (R) SS
9. Kyle Lohse (R) P

Here are the starting pitcher repertoires for the 2012 season:

RHP Kyle Lohse (via Brooks Baseball):

RHP Matt Cain (via Brooks Baseball):

It’s interesting that despite offering hitters a healthy diet of sinking fastballs, Kyle Lohse only has a 40% ground ball rate. He can get hit hard, but seems to be seldom punished for it. Meanwhile, Cain’s repertoire should suit him well against the right-hand heavy lineup of the Cardinals. However, he allowed nine runs in two starts this season against St. Louis, without getting past the sixth inning in either outing.