NLDS Game One – Reds v. Giants

Well, we’re finally here. The Giants’ first postseason game is set to get underway in less than three hours, with Johnny Cueto and Matt Cain — both of whom merit Cy Young consideration — battling it out. Fun fact: since the start of 2011, Johnny Cueto has a 65 ERA-, tied with Clayton Kershaw for the second-best mark in baseball over that span. And Matt Cain, well, he’s Matt Cain.┬áThe pitching match-up, to state the obvious, should be a good one. Shocking for that to be the case in the first game of a postseason series, I know.

Here are today’s lineups:

Reds
1. 2B Brandon Phillips
2. SS Zack Cozart
3. 1B Joey Votto
4. LF Ryan Ludwick
5. RF Jay Bruce
6. 3B Scott Rolen
7. C Ryan Hanigan
8. CF Drew Stubbs
9. SP Johnny Cueto

Giants
1. CF Angel Pagan
2. 2B Marco Scutaro
3. 3B Pablo Sandoval
4. C Buster Posey
5. RF Hunter Pence
6. 1B Brandon Belt
7. LF Gregor Blanco
8. SS Brandon Crawford
9. SP Matt Cain

It goes without saying, but these first two games — the only two that will be played in San Francisco during this series — are crucial.

Oh, and if you haven’t read it yet, you should check out Jeff Sullivan’s excellent Reds/Giants preview over at Fangraphs.

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One thought on “NLDS Game One – Reds v. Giants

  1. Throughout the season, I’ve been perpetually anal about the Giants serving up home runs – for a team that plays in one of baseball’s most extreme hitter’s parks, it’s unacceptable for them to allow home runs at even an average clip. It was even more pronounced because the Giants don’t hit home runs as a team.

    This was a chronic problem that needed to be addressed throughout season. It’s not something that would magically go away in one game, or when the clock strikes 12 and the regular season ends, and post season begins.

    That, and Santiago Casilla post-nervous breakdown have been painful to watch.

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