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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. The 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:
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
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.
BEST OF MAXIM
After losing Johnny Cueto in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds' playoff opener, the team hoped Cueto would be able to recover and pitch later in the Division Series if necessary. He still may be able to, but it doesn't look like he will go in Game Three. The Reds will move Homer Bailey up from his scheduled Game Four start to pitch in Game Three.
An uncharacteristic start from ace Matt Cain has left the San Francisco Giants in unfamiliar territory to start this postseason run.
Cain gave up home runs to Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce for the first earned runs he has ever allowed in the postseason, and the Giants find themselves trailing a playoff series for a change following a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of...
Your browser does not support iframes.The Reds had some bad luck on Saturday when ace pitcher Johnny Cueto left Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants after eight pitches because of back spasms. Cueto struck out Angel Pagan to start the game, but he was lifted after throwing two pitches to Marco Scutaro. Cueto attempted to make a pitch, but he stopped before throwing the ball and...
Eight pitches into Game 1 of the NLDS on Saturday night, the Cincinnati Reds suffered a blow to their postseason hopes when ace pitcher Johnny Cueto was forced to leave because of back spasms.
Cueto struck out San Francisco Giants leadoff batter Angel Pagan, then had Marco Scutaro 0-and-1 before throwing a changeup for a strike. But he appeared to grimace as he released the ball...
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy plans to start a pair of 16-game winners in the first two games of the National League division series, but says he's not certain what he'll do beyond that.
Matt Cain will pitch Game 1 against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday and left-hander Madison Bumgarner will go in Game 2 on Sunday. The two tied for the team lead in victories and were...
Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who had to leave Saturday's start in San Francisco in the first inning because of back spasms, returned to Cincinnati on Sunday to get further treatment. "I saw him before he went back. He said he felt a lot better this morning," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com. "He's going back to get treatment back there rather...
Eventually, you’re all going to get sick of me talking about how everything that’s going on now is for all intents and purposes unpredictable. Hopefully you aren’t sick of it yet, because Game 1 of the NLDS between the Reds and the Giants went to show why playoff predictions are a complete waste of time. Allow me to review the action:(1)Ace Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto had...
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Someone pinch me, I’m dreaming.
Did my team really just beat Matt Cain on the road out west after losing Johnny Cueto (the ace of the staff) after he recorded just one out? I have to be dreaming. This has happened to me a million times. I wake up, and it all goes away. After...
The Cincinnati Reds were dealt a tough blow to start their playoff run last night. After recording one out, Johnny Cueto had to be removed from the game after experiencing back spasms. After throwing two pitches to the second batter of the game, Marco Scutaro, Dusty Baker and the Reds' trainer jogged out to the mound to check on Cueto. After a few moments, he was lifted...
The road to the World Series starts tonight for the Reds as they take on the Giants in San Francisco in game one of the National League Division Series. The game starts at 9:37pm EST and features both teams' aces matching up against each other on the mound in Johnny Cueto and Matt Cain. Obviously the Reds will have to get past the Giants in order to win the World Series,...
This is absolutely not the news that the Cincinnati Reds wanted. Ace Johnny Cueto left game one of the Reds NLDS matchup with the Giants in the first inning after just eight pitches with back spasms.
Cueto was immediately replaced in the game by Sam LeCure, and LeCure was replaced after the second inning by Mat Latos, who is scheduled to start game three of the series for the...
The National League Central boasted its fair share of good players in 2012. In fact, there was a time during the season when it appeared the division would produce the MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young winner, and the Manager of the Year, which would have been mighty impressive. But then Joey Votto got injured, the Pirates hit a nosedive, Johnny Cueto went through a...
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Here's a video clip including Game One post-game comments from the likes of:
+ Dusty Baker+ Johnny Cueto+ Mat Latos+ Brandon Phillips
Best quote of the night? How about this one from BP: "Offense sells tickets and defense wins championships."
Cincinnati did a little of both on Saturday.
Bronson Arroyo dominated the Giants thanks to his complete control of his over 9,000 pitches.After Johnny Cueto went down and Mat Latos saved the bullpen–and the season–from ruin in game 1, Bronson Arroyo started game 2. And I, like many, was happy to have that rested bullpen ready in case Bad-royo showed up.
That concern was not necessary. Arroyo was perfect through 4 2/3, retiring...