NLCS Game Four – Giants v. Cardinals

With the Giants down 2-1 in the series, it’s Tim Lincecum facing off against Adam Wainwright. The lineups:

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

Cardinals
1. CF Jon Jay
2. 1B Matt Carpenter
3. LF Matt Holliday
4. RF Allen Craig
5. C Yadier Molina
6. 3B David Freese
7. 2B Daniel Descalso
8. SS Pete Kozma
9. SP Adam Wainwright

NLCS Game Two – Cardinals v. Giants

You should expect some inactivity on this blog over the next several days because, well, life. I’ll do my best to find time to post here, though.

Anyway, via Alex Pavlovic, here are today’s lineups (same as yesterday):

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 Ryan Vogelsong

Cardinals
1. CF Jon Jay
2. RF Carlos Beltran
3. LF Matt Holliday
4. 1B Allen Craig
5. C Yadier Molina
6. 3B David Freese
7. 2B Daniel Descalso
8. SS Pete Kozma
9. SP Chris Carpenter

NLDS Game Four – Giants v. Reds

The lineups:

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

Reds
1. 2B Brandon Phillips
2. SS Zack Cozart
3. 1B Joey Votto
4. LF Ryan Ludwick
5. RF Jay Bruce
6. 3B Todd Frazier
7. C Dioner Navarro
8. CF Drew Stubbs
9. SP Mike Leake

That’s right. After back-to-back games of dreadful offense — over which the Giants compiled a grand total of five hits (two of which came only because the Giants were lucky enough to force yesterday’s game into extras), Bruce Bochy is sitting Brandon Belt in favor of Hector Sanchez. With the Giants’ season on the line, Bochy has opted to downgrade both the offense (Sanchez: .280/.295/.390, 86 wRC+; Belt: .275/.360/.421, 118 wRC+) and defense (Posey: #5; Sanchez: #111).

Not to mention that Lincecum, not Zito, should probably be starting this game. Obligatory reminder — Reds’ offense vs. right-handed pitching: 87 wRC+; Reds’ offense vs. left-handed pitching: 104 wRC+. Plus, their biggest left-handed threat — Joey Votto — hasn’t homered since June 24th.

Oh well. I fully expect Barry Zito to toss a shutout and Hector Sanchez to hit for the cycle because this is the postseason, after all — where chaos reigns supreme.

NLDS Game Three – Giants v. Reds

You might notice I didn’t bother writing about Sunday’s game. What do you expect? It was probably the most miserable game of 2012. Bronson Arroyo, one of the most hittable pitchers in baseball, nearly no-hit the Giants. Madison Bumgarner couldn’t make it through five innings. The Giants, already down 1-0 in the series, took a beating in their own park. Enough about that game. I’d rather just pretend that didn’t happen.

The Giants’ season is now hanging by a thread. In order to avoid elimination, they must a) beat a 97-win team b) three games in a row c) on the road with d) Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito starting two of those three games. Do they have it in ‘em? Probably not. But as baseball great Lenny Kravitz  – er, Yogi Berra — once said, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

The lineups:

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 Ryan Vogelsong

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 Homer Bailey