October 8, 2010

The Daily Brief: NLDS, Take 2

Last Game
The Reds lost the first game. There might have been something historic about it or something. But it was just one loss in a best of 5 series, so it’s best to move on and turn our attention to the…

Next Game
Bronson Arroyo starts for the Cincinnati Reds, while Roy Oswalt goes for the Philadelphia Phillies. I believe this is the first time the Reds will face Oswalt as a Phillie. I have a good feeling that they’ll treat him much the way they did during the regular season. The first pitch is at 6:07pm EDT on TBS.

Today’s Reds Lineup
Dusty Baker is having Laynce Nix start in place of Jonny Gomes tonight and Ryan Hanigan in place of Ramon Hernandez. Nix has had great success against Oswalt, going 9 for 17 with 3 doubles and 2 home runs. Some of that would be most excellent. As for Hanigan, he’s been Arroyo’s personal catcher for the last half of the year. Personally, I’d do anything to lessen the odds of Bad-rroyo appearing.

  1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Scott Rolen, 3B
  5. Laynce Nix, LF
  6. Jay Bruce, RF
  7. Drew Stubbs, CF
  8. Ryan Hanigan, C
  9. Bronson Arroyo, P

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
In the 60 previous division series, the team that won the first game won the series 72% of the time.

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