Found October 06, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
With all of the weirdness and excitement that's surrounded the end of the regular season and the new wild card play-in game, seeing the Reds and Giants play in the National League Division Series is something that would've surprised pretty much no baseball fan anywhere back in March. That being said, this matchup isn't quite what we all might've suspected in March. In fact, things are kind of turned on their ear. Let's break this series down. Starting Pitching The common perception of these two teams is that the Giants are the one with the deep pitching staff, but it's the Reds' pitching staff that allowed the fewest earned runs in the National League this year. That's thanks in large part to a rotation that featured four starters with an ERA+ of better than 110. Johnny Cueto lead that charge with his Cy Young-worthy season; he won 19 games, he had a 2.78 ERA, a 27.8% groundball rate, and a 3.47 K/BB ratio. Homer Bailey was lights out down the str...
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