What 1-0 means
*In the 68 previous Division Series beginning in 1995, the Game 1
winner advanced to the League Championship Series 48 times (71%).
*In the previous 104 best-of-5 series - including the LCS through 1984
and 4 Division Series in 1981 - the Game 1 winner advanced 73 times
Observations today and on Twitter last night
*Are you kidding me? What a night. What a range of emotions.
*Reds 1st playoff win since Oct 6, 1995….17 years ago to the day….6,210 days ago.
*Should we really be surprised? This team has had guys pick each other up all season long. They have overcome one obstacle after another.
*Starting pitching+bullpen+defense=2012 Reds.
*Last night was one of Dusty's finer hours as a manager.
*Last night was perhaps Brandon Phillips' finest hour as a player.
*They got the split, now they go for a dagger to the heart of Giants.
*How about the pair that Mat Latos lugged to and from the mound?
*I love Latos. As much as he dislikes Giants I could just imagine him muttering to himself…”I’m going to &$@) mess these guys up" as he took the mound.
*Don't overlook the job done by Sam LeCure at the blink of an eye's notice. LeCure, along with Hanigan, are most underrated players on team.
*I'll admit I doubted Dusty's decision to go with Latos last night. Someone had to eat innings. You couldn't torch bullpen in game 1, but Arroyo was on more days rest and appeared a less disruptive move.
*Latos was pitching on 3 days rest for first time after 105 ML starts. Dude is a stud.
*Now, if needed, Latos could face Giants in a Game 5.
*I think my pacemaker was too depressed to fire early on.
*So much for reducing the stress on the manager just out of hospital.
*Game 1 2010 Reds got no-hit game 1. Game 1 2012 Reds lose Cueto. Can’t make this stuff up.
*First thought when Cueto grimaced and bent over: Holy Carson Palmer, Kenyon Martin and Tim Krumrie Batman!
*So…no starter got hurt for 162 regular season ….and Cueto is injured pitching to first batter of postseason. Seriously?
*As Cueto walked off, Kelly said, "wonder if they wish they had Leake right now?"
*What did the Reds do to so anger the baseball Gods?
*Perhaps in a twisted way the baseball Gods voted against Dusty’s playoff rotation and opted to take matters into own hands and fix it.
*3 is the magic number….yes it is. Reds 90-28 when scoring at least 3 runs…8-37 when they don’t.
*Can you imagine what ESPN would do if a Yankee had the night Brandon Phillips had at plate , in field and on bases?: ESPN Classic, live cut-ins, 30 for 30.
*Reds have won 19 straight games that Phillips has homered in…..tying team record with Lee May 1970.
*Phillips was Jeter like on his heads up back-up.
*All that was missing was a cowboy hat , holster and six shooters as Broxton walked off with called strike three to end 8th.
*How about the defense of Ludwick in LF?
*Broxton had walked 1 batter in previous 18 games….August 25.
*Going into last night Cain had not allowed an earned run in 21.1 postseason innings.
*Giants hit just 31 HR (fewest) at AT&T Park in regular season and allowed just 53 (fewest).
*The Reds have hit 5 HR at AT&T in 5 games vs SF.
*I would put Cueto on flight back to Cincy ASAP… luxury flight with a big bed please.
Get the back spasms and long flight out of way ASAP to increase recovery time vs going back with team later.
*Reds 48-7 this year when Stubbs scores.
*Reds record when homering this year: 71-25. Record when not: 27-40.
*Can you imagined how bummed Giants must be with Reds taking Game 1 after facing all the adversity?
*I still worry about Votto. He's just not moving well and he's is having so many un-Votto like swings at the plate. He's fouled more pitches straight down in the dirt lately than he has in forever.
*Wasn’t it kind of silly we were up at 1am watching a playoff game? Kids long since in bed.
*Twitter was made for a night like last night. If you are not on Twitter you don't know what you are missing. It become a fan base/community thing last night. Try it. It's FREE. Follow me @lancemcalister.
My pacemaker is now on Twitter....@LancesPacemaker
Don't ask me how or why.
I hosted a playoff edition of the Inside Pitch Saturday night. Casey came with me to the station. Here he is, sitting in the newsroom, looking up stats before the show.
18 of 25 Reds players have playoff experience:
35 Scott Rolen
26 Miguel Cairo
16 Dioner Navarro
13 Jonathan Broxton
11 Bronson Arroyo