Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Reds vs Giants: 8 notes about NLDS Game Three in Cincinnati

The Reds are shooting to advance to the National League Championship Series with a victory over the Giants on Tuesday. They will get the chance to do so in front of their hometown crowd that has been eagerly-awaiting this day since the Reds were eliminated by the Phillies at home in 2010.

Here are eight things of note regarding the potential series clincher:

1) Since 1995, no team has ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the National League Division Series to advance to the NLCS.

2) Homer Bailey has been a much different pitcher at home this season, and not in a good way either. The right-hander is 4-8 with a 5.16 ERA in 17 starts at Great American Ball Park compared to 9-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 16 starts on the road. He's allowed 26 homers this year, 21 of which have been surrendered at GABP.

3) In 15 lifetime appearances (51.1 IP) vs Cincinnati, Ryan Vogelsong is 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA and 1.617 WHIP. He owns an ERA of 4.57 in 21.2 career innings pitched (6g) at GABP.

4) Brandon Phillips is 7-15 (six singles) in his career against Vogelsong.

5) The Reds are looking for their first series victory (and sweep) in the postseason since '95, when they knocked off the NL West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in three straight games in the NLDS.

6) The Reds are also aiming to win their first home playoff game since the '95 campaign.

7) This series marks the first time two players that threw no-hitters in the regular season pitch on opposing teams in the same playoff series (Bailey, Matt Cain).

8) Should the Giants emerge victorious on Tuesday, Game Four will take place on Wednesday beginning at 4:07 PM ET.

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