October 6, 2010

The Daily Brief: The Reds Postseason Starts Today!

Last Game
The Cincinnati Reds finished the 2010 regular season with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. They ended the year with their best record since 1999 at 91-71.

Next Game
Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: the Cincinnati Reds play a game in the playoffs. The Reds will be sending out Edinson Volquez to quiet the National League’s second best offense, while the Philadelphia Phillies will give the ball to Roy Halladay to quiet the National League’s best offense. The game will be broadcast on TBS, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:07pm EDT.

NLDS Roster Set
The Reds decided upon their roster for the National League Division Series yesterday, with the exception of one spot. The decision on Jim Edmonds being healthy was being held off until this morning. According to Mark Sheldon, he wasn’t deemed fit enough, so Juan Francisco takes his spot.

Here’s the playoff roster:

  • Catchers (2) — Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan.
  • Infielders (7) — Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Orlando Cabrera, Scott Rolen, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish, and Juan Francisco.
  • Outfielders (5) — Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Jonny Gomes, Chris Heisey, and Laynce Nix.
  • Starting pitchers (3) — Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo, and Johnny Cueto.
  • Bullpen (8) — Francisco Cordero, Arthur Rhodes, Nick Masset, Aroldis Chapman, Logan Ondrusek, Bill Bray, Homer Bailey, and Travis Wood.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds and Phillies are meeting in the postseason for the first time since 1976, when the Big Red Machine swept the Phillies while on their way to sweeping the World Series.

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