The Cincinnati Reds can become the first team in the bigs to punch their ticket to the league championship series on Tuesday afternoon for MLB betting action, as they try to close out the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the NLDS.
San Francisco knows that its task is virtually impossible, and it has to win today if it has a shot of extending its season for at least one more game. The offense has been atrocious in this series, accounting for just a total of two runs, and the pitching hasn’t been all that much better either. Now, the man that has the task of saving the season is Ryan Vogelsong. The former member of the Pittsburgh Pirates really found a home here in the Bay Area, and he had a fantastic 14-9 season in which he led his team to a 19-12 record in 31 starts. Like so many of the other San Fran pitchers, Vogelsong had an excellent ERA this year at 3.37, and he had right around a 2.5/1 K/BB ratio. Vogelsong didn’t allow an earned run in either of his last two starts of the year, and he has conceded just a total of 12 hits and three walks in his last three games, accounting for 17 frames in the process.
For as bad as San Francisco has been, Cincinnati has been that good here in the NLDS. The team was able to put together the truly complete performance in a shutout two nights ago, and the chance is here to take care of this series and get some rest before the NLCS would start over the weekend. Homer Bailey finished up the regular season with 13 straight scoreless innings, including a no hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates back on September 28th. Bailey has struck out 16 batters and walked just one, allowing four hits in his last two starts. For the year, he went 13-10 with a 3.78 ERA. His 168 strikeouts were largely amassed in the second half of the season when all of a sudden, he started fanning at least five or six batters seemingly every time out, and he kept his walk total relatively low at 52 on the campaign.
This series is as good as over. Vogelsong might be able to keep the Giants in it for some time, but that won’t last. Bailey isn’t the greatest pitcher known to man, but if he can get the Reds through six innings throwing great ball, there won’t be anything that stops them from clinching a spot in the NLCS. Cincinnati 4 – San Francisco 2