I should really be more careful. Now that the As have eluded elimination I no longer feel like a Left Coast jinx and if the Giants go down to the Reds today it means one less thing I need to worry about tomorrow.
Sigh. If only I didn’t hate Pete Rose quite so much.
I must say that after the first round of games the Reds and the Tigers looked pretty invincible. Now that they have been beat they can be and I wonder if the Giants will pull one out. That would tie the series and force a deciding game in which the pressure would be on the Reds since they have the better record and home field advantage.
The Giants would have momentum.
On the other hand they did just barely eek out last night’s victory, so perhaps I’m reading too much into it.
The Reds finally had to put Cueto on the disabled list, this means he will be ineligible for the Championship Series should the Reds make it that far. They’ll pitch instead Mike Leake (8 – 9, 4.58 ERA) against Barry Zito (15 – 8, 4.15 ERA). On paper Zito crushes Leake like a bug.
Reds will sit Rolen and Hanigan. Giants sit Belt and move Posey to 1st so Sanchez can catch.