MLB Postseason Watch 10/9: National League Division Series

By Marc Jenkins
Brandon Phillips and the Cincinnati Reds Look Like the Team to Beat in the 2012 MLB Playoffs
Kelley L Cox-US Presswire

The 2012 MLB Postseason is well underway and so far following the League Wild Card games and two games played in each Divisional League Series and the action is beginning to heat up even though the weather is cooling down. Here’s what has occurred so far in the two National League Division Series.

The Cincinnati Reds not only have a commanding two games to none lead over the San Francisco Giants in their best of five series but Cincinnati also seem like they may have the leg up over everyone else in the 2012 postseason. The Reds have won both games in their series against the Giants in San Francisco and now head back to the Great American Ballpark having to win just one more game. Brandon Phillips is having an incredible series so far hitting 5-10 with two doubles, a homerun and four runs batted-in. The most impressive things about the Reds series lead is the fact that their ace starting pitcher Johnny Cueto threw just eight pitches in game one due to back spasms and Cincinnati still was able to win the game 5-2 behind the efforts of five other pitchers including Matt Latos and Aroldis Chapman. In games three Homer Bailey will try to close the series out for Cincinnati against San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong with the first pitch scheduled at 5:37 pm this evening.

In the other National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals it is all tied at one game apiece. The Nationals won game one by a score of 3-2 even though their ace Gio Gonzalez walked seven batters and surrendered two earned runs over five innings. In game two the Cardinals bats awoken as they bashed the Nats 12-4, behind three runs batted-in by both John Jay and Carlos Beltran. Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up seven hits and five earned runs over just three innings of work while St. Louis starter Jamie Garcia left the game after just two innings of work with a shoulder injury. Lance Lynn picked up the slack for the Cards pitching three innings and striking out five earning the win. Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is having a very good series so far hitting 4 for 8 with two runs scored. Game three is scheduled for 1:07pm tomorrow after in Washington with Edwin Jackson on the hill for the Nats against the incomparable Chris Carpenter for the Cards.

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