The San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds meet in Game One of the National League Division Series Saturday night at AT&T Park.
The Reds earned the second best record in the major leagues behind the NL’s second best team ERA and fourth best opponent batting average of .247.
Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto leads off the series after placing third in the NL in wins and ERA, with 19 and 2.78 respectively. The Dominican Republic native lost his only start against the Giants in the regular season, going six innings and give up two earned runs and four walks.
Veteran right-hander Matt Cain takes the mound for San Francisco after a season that included the franchise’s first perfect game and the three-time all-star also won his last six regular season starts.
Both teams sport two of the best hitters in baseball in catcher Buster Posey and first baseman Joey Votto.
Votto only played in 111 games this year for the Reds due to two knee surgeries to repair torn cartilage, but returned to the lineup on Sept. 5, and posted a .343 average for the month.
Posey put up an MVP caliber season with a .336 average to lead the majors, and also led the Giants in homeruns, RBIs, and OPS.
Prediction: Cain has far most postseason experience than Cueto, with two wins in three starts during San Francisco’s run to the World Series title in 2010, and should continue his dominant play Saturday. The Reds will need Votto to find his power early in order win, as he has not hit a homerun since June. Look for the Giants to take an early 1-0 lead in the series with Posey leading the charge.
Predicted Score: San Francisco 7, Cincinnati 2