Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Eight reasons why the Reds will survive and advance
The National League Division Series between the NL Central Champion Reds and NL West Champion Giants has boiled down to a winner-take-all affair on Thursday afternoon. With the series tied at two games a piece, the two clubs will clash one final time in Game Five for the right to move on to the NLCS.
Although the Giants clearly have momentum on their side at this point, here are eight reasons why the Redlegs will survive and advance:
1) The Reds have already beaten Giants ace Matt Cain three times this season. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 5.50 ERA in those outings.
2) No National League team has ever blown a 2-0 lead in the League Division Series. That dates back to 1995 and includes 21 different clubs.
3) Cincinnati hasn't won a home playoff game, or playoff series, in 17 years. Their last came in '95 when they swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.
4) The Reds haven't lost three games in a row at Great American Ball Park this year. They will have if they wind up on the wrong side of the scoreboard on Thursday.
5) Mat Latos boasts a 2.19 ERA in 11 career starts against San Francisco. He's already beaten them twice in 2012.
6) An overflow crowd of 44,000+ is expected to be on hand to root their hometown team to victory.
7) No Major League team won more games during the daytime this year than the Reds (39). Cincy also boasted both the best winning percentage in day games (0.648) and tied with Atlanta for the fewest losses (18).
8) On the contrary, the Giants were just 32-32 in games played under the sun. Their 32 losses during the day were far and away the most of any playoff team in the majors.
One other notable:
+ Since the start of the Wild Card Era in 1995, the Giants-Reds series is the third in which the road team has won the first four games.