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Could be a short postseasonPosted Monday, October 4, 2010, at 10:53 AM
On Sunday, Cincinnati Reds' manager Dusty Baker announced who was going to pitch for the Reds in their playoff tilt against the Philadelphia Phillies.
According to reports, Baker said he intended to go with Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto in that order.
More than likely, the Cincy trio will face the likes of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.
For the first time in 15 season, the Reds made the National League playoffs after going 91-71 this year to win the NL Central.
I'm extremely excited to see the Reds in the postseason, but fear it will be short-lived.
The first game of the series is scheduled to take place in Philadelphia Wednesday. All games will be broadcast live on TBS.
Apparently, Baker approves of the lineup. But to be honest, Philadelphia's pitchers are monsters.
Halladay finished the season with a 21-10 record to go along with a 2.44 earned run average (ERA), while recording 219 strikeouts in 250 innings.
Oswalt was 7-1 with the Phillies this season after a trade from Houston. He finished the year with a 13-13 record.
Hamels also finished the season at 12-11 with 211 strikeouts.
Pitching-wise, the Phillies also have Kyle Kendrick (11-10), Joe Blanton (9-6) and Jamie Moyer (9-9). Brad Lidge is the team's closer with 27 saves.
In addition, Philadelphia's offense includes Ryan Howard with 31 home runs and 108 runs batted in, as well as Chase Utley (16 homers), Raul Ibanez (16 homers, 83 RBI0, Shane Victorino (18 homers), and Jayson Werth (46 doubles, 27 homers, 85 RBI).
In contrast, this is what Cincinnati has going into the playoffs:
* Arroyo - 16-10, 3.88 ERA,
* Cueto - 12-7, 3.64 ERA,
* Volquez - 4-3, 4.31 ERA.
* Joey Votto - .324 average, 37 homers, 113 RBI,
* Jonny Gomes - 18 homers, 86 RBI,
* Drew Stubbs - 22 homers, 30 stolen bases, 77 RBI, and
* Jay Bruce - 25 homers, 70 RBI.
The Reds also have Travis Wood (5-4), Mike Leake (8-4) and Homer Bailey (4-3) available on the mound in addition to closer Francisco Cordero (40 saves).
The first round of playoff action is in a best-of-five format.
The second game in the series is scheduled for Friday, while the third game will take place Sunday.
Game 4 -- if necessary -- will take place Monday, Oct. 11, while Game 5 -- again, if necessary -- will take place Wednesday, Oct. 13.
The National League Championship Series is scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 16, on FOX, while the World Series will begin Wednesday, Oct. 27, also on FOX.
If statistics ruled the world, the Reds realistically don't have a prayer.
But crazier things have happened.
While I would love to see my beloved Reds advance, I doubt it will happen.
Still, if memory serves me correct, many didn't expect the 1990 Reds to do anything either.
All that team did was win a World Series.