Rant-O-Matic: Previewing Wednesday's Games Between St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals

An interesting pitching matchup in this one as Chris Carpenter squares off against Edwin Jackson as the Cardinals and Nationals head into Game 3 tied at 1-1. Despite Carpenter’s impressive postseason career with a 9-2 record, it’s important to remember he’s only pitched 17 inning so far in 2012.

After a 12-4 thrashing in Game 2, don’t be surprised if St. Louis tries to take advantage of Carpenter on Wednesday as they try to remain one of the hottest teams in baseball during the postseason.

San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds

The Reds entered Tuesday’s game against the Giants in the perfect position to sweep after stealing both games from their opponent in San Francisco. No matter what happened, the important factor was that Cincinnati would get to play the next three games of this series at home if necessary.

Unfortunately, they were unable to close out the series on Tuesday as they fell 2-1 in 10 innings after a key error from Scott Rolen allowed Buster Posey to score the game-winning run. The Reds look to bounce back on Wednesday in Game 4 against Barry Zito, but it certainly won’t be easy now that they’ve been forced to go with Mike Leake–who has seen his fair-share of struggles at home in 2012–as the starting pitcher.

On the bright side for Cincinnati, San Francisco has only scored four runs over the first three games of this series–so they can hope that these struggles continue on Wednesday.

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