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texasdave
09-28-2010, 05:10 PM
With one more win or a Cardinals loss, the Cincinnati Reds will be the second National League team to clinch a playoff spot. That gives them time to rest their guys and line up their playoff rotation. But unlike the Phillies, the Reds don’t have a dominant top three — they don’t even have a dominant top one. That makes their playoff rotation decisions a bit more interesting. We could see them go a number of ways, though it does appear clear who will start the first two games
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2010-nl-playoff-rotations-cincinnati-reds/

Kingspoint
09-28-2010, 06:15 PM
Tx, TD.

Nice post.

Kingspoint
09-28-2010, 06:18 PM
While the Reds will clinch in the next day or so, they still have something to play for in the season’s final week. Finishing ahead of the NL West leader means they’ll start the NLDS at home, which is favorable with Cueto on the mound in Game 2. He has fared much better at home this season, striking out more batters, walking fewer, and allowing fewer home runs. This is all the more remarkable because The Great American Ballpark ranks eighth in ESPN’s HR Park Factors. That trend might not carry over into next season, but that doesn’t matter right now. As long as it carries over into the playoffs the Reds will be in a good position.

Kingspoint
09-28-2010, 06:20 PM
While I agree with them that Travis Wood has earned, and should be, the #3 Starter in the playoffs, we all know Dusty Baker is very unlikely to let that happen.

brm7675
09-28-2010, 06:25 PM
to me the rotation will be determined on whom we are playing and where. Woods would match up better vs. philly then maybe the Giants or Padres.