Re: The Importance of Game Three
Just a few things:
First off, Cain will not be pitching game four. The Giants already announced that Zito would be pitching the game. The potential matchup would be Zito and Cueto (assuming all of the positive reports are true), and that reads as a pretty clear mismatch.
Second, an effect of the playoff structure as it is now is that it is very hard for the lower seed to gain momentum. In a 2-2-1 setup, if the Reds were up 2-0 they would be going to San Francisco where the Giants would be playing in a packed stadium. However, the Reds obviously have every remaining game in the series at home. Even losing a 25-0 lead tonight would be able to be marginalized simply by the fact that Wednesday and even potentially Thursday would be in front of sold out screaming Reds fans.
I agree that the game is important (all playoff games are), but I don't see it as a clear must-win type game. I thought the Reds absolutely had to win at least one game in San Francisco, and saw game 1 as more of a must-win than this.
Just my .02!
Originally Posted by westofyou
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