Who takes the ball in Game 1?
Two years ago Dusty Baker went with the hot hand and started Edinson Volquez in Game 1 of the NLDS vs the Phillies. Volquez had been dominant down the stretch.
His final four regular season starts: 27.2 IN, 17 H, 31 K, 0 HR, 1.95 ERA.
But that didn't work out so well. Volquez last just 1.2 IN, allowing 4 H, 2 BB and 4 runs. So, who does Baker tab in Game 1 this year? A month ago this would not have been a question. Johnny Cueto was rolling, and appeared to be on track to win the Cy Young. But Cueto has has dropped three straight decision. His last three starts: 15.1 IN, allowing 26 H and 14 ER. He's gone just 4.0 and 4.1 innings in back to back starts. He has not won since August 28. That opens the door to debate.
Things to consider:
*As of today, Game 1 would be on the road and at San Francisco.
*Games 1, 2 at AT&T Park. Game 3, and if needed, 4 & 5 are at GABP.
*The Game 1 starter could pitch Game 5 on normal rest.
*Dusty likes to split up hard throwers and softer throwers.
*Cueto is their best pitcher at GABP.
*Can Cueto work out issues in next two starts?
*Bailey is a much better pitcher on the road.
*Bailey 1.55 in four September starts: 1,2,1,1 runs. 29 IN, 18 H, 26 K, 6 BB.
*Latos has been dominant vs Giants, in '12, at AT&T and in his career.
*Latos pitched a complete game at AT&T Park on June 30, allowing 2 hits and 1 run.
*Latos is 24-years old and an emotional pitcher. Can he handle the pressure of Game 1 and a potential Game 5? He pitched well for Padres on final day of '10 season with division on line vs Giants: 6 IN, 2 R in loss.
*Arroyo has 11 postseason appearances and pitched well in Game 2 vs Phillies in 2010: 5.1 IN, 1 ER.
*Leake outdueled Matt Cain and tossed a complete game on June 29, allowing 9 hits and 1 run.
ERA/starts vs Giants:
|vs Giants||2012||Career||'12 AT&T||Career AT&T|
|Cueto||3.00 (1)||1.93 (4)||3.00 (1)||1.38 (2)|
|Latos||0.56 (2)||2.19 (11)||1.00 (1)||1.67 (6)|
|Arroyo||2.45 (2)||3.13 (12)||3.00 (1)||4.16 (6)|
|Leake||1.00 (1)||4.18 (4)||1.00 (1)||3.63 (2)|
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“Honestly, I don’t even know,” Phillips said. “What, he has one or something? ... Oh, really, that’s cool. That’s nice. Honestly, I’ve been too busy winning.
“You know what I’m saying? I’ve just been too busy winning. I worry about myself and I worry about this team. If they don’t play for the Reds, I don’t really worry about you, honestly, unless you’re like my homeboy or something like that.”
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