Cincinnati Reds vs Philadelphia Phillies @ Citizens Bank Park on Sportsnet, 6:07 PM ET
Phillies lead 1-0
Cincinnati: RP Bronson Arroyo (0-0)
Philadelphia: RP Roy Oswalt (0-0)
Reason to watch: With Reds hitting being non existent on Wednesday, it’s very well possible Roy Oswalt, who’s been the hottest pitcher post all star break (after the break he 7-3 with a 2.36 ERA with a 81/22 K/BB ratio) might throw another No-No. Oswalt in eight post-season appearances is 4-0 with a 3.66 ERA when he was with the Astros in 2004 and 2005. Philly will probably need one of their big four of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard or Jayson Werth will need to go better then 0 for 14 for the Phillies to win again tonight ( but I could be wrong).
Reds Bronson Arroyo will be making his first playoff appearance since he started two games for the Red Sox back in 2004. In those two games Arroyo in 12 innings was 0-0 but had a 14/5 K/BB ratio allowing three home runs. Bronson is no joke at the plate though, Arroyo despite a career .131 average he’s got five career home runs including one this season ( 4:1 he’s the guy that ends the Reds hitless streak tonight). The 33 year old had a career year this season going 17-10 with a 3.88 ERA and 121 strikeouts.
Atlanta Braves vs San Francisco Giants @ AT&T Park on Sportsnet, 9:37 PM ET
Giants lead 1-0
Braves: RP Tommy Hanson (0-0)
Giants: RP Matt Cain (0-0)
Reason to watch: This game features two of the young pitchers that unless you play fantasy baseball then you might not know about these young gems. Braves Tommy Hanson is a big boy at 6-6ft 220lb had a brilliant rookie year in 2009, in 21 starts he was 11-4 with 2.89 ERA with 116Ks in 127 innings. Hanson slowed down a touch this season going 10-11 with a 3.33 ERA with 173Ks in 202 innings. This will be his first career playoff start for the 24 year old. Hanson was struck in the eye while hitting batting practice yesterday, we’ll see if swelling is gonna be a problem.
The second half of San Fran’s Dynamic pitching duo Matt Cain finished up another solid season going 13-11 with a 3.14 ERA with 177Ks in 223 innings. Cain ranked 6th in the NL in innings pitched, 3rd in the NL in complete games (4) and 6th in the NL in WHIP (1.08). The Dothan, Alabama native is what they would describe as country strong and throws the ball real hard.
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