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********************************************* October 9, 2014 — Vol. 20, No. 188 Insider team reports for all MLB Team teams. Copyright (C) 2014 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved. Reprints, duplication or redistribution is prohibited without written permission from The Sports Xchange. ********************************************* CARDINALS V. GIANTS ==================== SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ==================== INSIDE PITCH Giants possess two good options […]

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October 9, 2014 — Vol. 20, No. 188
Insider team reports for all MLB Team teams.
Copyright (C) 2014 The Sports Xchange.
All Rights Reserved. Reprints, duplication or redistribution is prohibited without written permission from The Sports Xchange.
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CARDINALS V. GIANTS

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
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INSIDE PITCH
Giants possess two good options for NLCS Game 1 starter
SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing comes easily for San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Having finished off the Washington Nationals in four games in the National League Division Series, the Giants earned themselves two extra days off rather than having to fly back across the country for a Game 5.
That is a positive in every regard except one: It means Bochy must choose between staff ace Madison Bumgarner and NLDS Game 1 standout Jake Peavy as his starter in the NL Championship Series opener against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday.
Peavy was in line to pitch the possible Game 5 against the Nationals on Thursday, and the Giants felt good about their chances based on how the veteran dis in their 3-2 win at Washington in the series opener.
However, Peavy started that game only because Bumgarner had to be used in the Giants’ wild-card win over the Pittsburgh Pirates to open the postseason Oct. 1. Bochy started Bumgarner on his usual four days’ rest in Game 3 on Monday.
Bumgarner potentially could pitch again on four days’ rest in the opener against the Cardinals on Saturday. Or he could be held back until Sunday, with a well-rested Peavy getting the ball in the opener.
Something to consider: The Game 2 starter would be in line to pitch a possible Game 6 in St. Louis. Bumgarner had a much better record this season on the road, where he beat the Pirates last week, than at home, where he lost to the Nationals on Monday.

NOTES, QUOTES
RECORD: 88-74, second place in National League West; won NL wild-card game over Pittsburgh Pirates; won NL Division Series 3-1 over Washington Nationals
NEXT: National League Championship Series, Game 1, Saturday — Giants (TBA) at Cardinals (RHP Adam Wainwright, 20-9, 2.38 ERA regular season; 0-0, 12.46 ERA postseason)
PLAYER NOTES:
–RHP Ryan Vogelsong continued his postseason mastery Tuesday, limiting the Nationals to one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings in the Giants’ 3-2, series-ending win. The start was Vogelsong’s fifth in postseason play, and in all of them he allowed one run or none. He is the first pitcher in major league history to accomplish that feat. The Giants won all five of Vogelsong’s postseason starts, and he has a 1.19 ERA in those games.
–RHP Jake Peavy was scheduled to pitch a possible Game 5 against the Nationals on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean he necessarily will be the Giants’ next starting pitcher now that they eliminated the National League’s top seed. Winning the series in four games gives the Giants two additional days off, making staff ace LHP Madison Bumgarner a possibility in the NL Championship Series opener Saturday in St. Louis on his normal four days’ rest. Peavy won his start against the Nationals in the series opener; Bumgarner lost Game 3.
–LHP Madison Bumgarner is a candidate to be the Giants’ starting pitcher in the opener of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Bumgarner began the Giants’ postseason with a shutout win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild-card game. He then pitched on four days’ rest in Game 3 against the Washington Nationals, losing that game. He will be on four days’ rest again Saturday, when Game 1 of the NLCS will be played. RHP Jake Peavy, who won Game 1 of the NL Division Series at Washington, is Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s other option.
–CF Gregor Blanco rewarded manager Bruce Bochy’s faith in him by recording a hit and an RBI in the Giants’ 3-2, series-ending victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Bochy made two lineup changes for Game 4, but he elected to keep Blanco atop the lineup despite a 1-for-18 start to the series. Blanco walked with the bases loaded to produce the Giants’ first run of Tuesday’s win.
–2B Joe Panik snapped a 0-for-13 streak with consecutive hits in the fifth and seventh innings Tuesday in the Giants’ 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Panik’s second hit came with one out in the seventh and the score tied at 2-2. The rookie eventually scored the difference-making run on a wild pitch.
–3B Pablo Sandoval went hitless in three at-bats Tuesday and saw his franchise-record, 14-game postseason hitting streak end. Sandoval was at the plate with a chance to extend the streak, and break a 2-2 tie in the process, when Nationals RHP Aaron Barrett uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the eventual difference-making run to score. Sandoval was then intentionally walked, and he never came to the plate again.
–OF/1B Michael Morse (left oblique strain) took batting practice Tuesday, and he told the San Jose Mercury News he will be ready to contribute to the Giants in the NL Championship Series. Morse played just one game in September, then was left off the roster for the NL wild-card game and the NL Division Series.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “They were determined not to get back on the plane and go to Washington. It’s all about them.” — Manager Bruce Bochy, about his Giants players, who closed out the NL Division Series with a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 4 on Tuesday.

ROSTER REPORT
MEDICAL WATCH:
–OF/1B Michael Morse (left oblique strain) did not play Sept. 1-18. He returned to action Sept. 19 but aggravated the injury and left the game. He did not return in the regular season, and he was left off the roster for the NL wild-card game and the NL Division Series. He took batting practice Oct. 6, and he is likely to be on the roster for the NL Championship Series.
–CF Angel Pagan (bulging disk in back) last played Sept. 19. He was due to undergo season-ending surgery in late September. The estimated recovery time is three months. Pagan is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
–C Hector Sanchez (concussion) went on the seven-day disabled list July 26, and he was transferred to the 15-day DL on Aug. 10, then to the 60-day DL on Aug. 31. He was fully participating in baseball activities as of Aug. 2. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Aug. 5. He was shut down Aug. 8-11 but resumed playing for Fresno on Aug. 12. He experienced dizziness when hit in the facemask with a foul tip during a rehab game Aug. 16, and he was shut down again. His season is over.
–RHP Matt Cain (right elbow surgery in August 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list July 11, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 2. He underwent a season-ending operation to remove bone chips from his elbow Aug. 11. He is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of spring training.
–2B Marco Scutaro (strained lower back) went on the 15-day disabled list July 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 2. The veteran played in just five games after being activated from the DL on July 11. He is out for the season after experiencing recurring pain in his back during a rehab workout in late August.
–2B Ehire Adrianza (right hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 1. The injury is an aggravation of the same hamstring ailment that landed Adrianza on the DL in June.
ROTATION:
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Jake Peavy
RHP Tim Hudson
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
BULLPEN:
RHP Santiago Casilla (closer)
RHP Sergio Romo
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
RHP Hunter Strickland
LHP Javier Lopez
RHP Jean Machi
RHP Tim Lincecum
RHP Yusmeiro Petit
CATCHERS:
Buster Posey
Andrew Susac
INFIELDERS:
1B Brandon Belt
2B Joe Panik
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
INF Joaquin Arias
INF Matt Duffy
OUTFIELDERS:
LF Travis Ishikawa
CF Gregor Blanco
RF Hunter Pence
OF Juan Perez
OF Gary Brown

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
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INSIDE PITCH
Cardinals defy logic again en route to NLCS
ST. LOUIS — The team that hit fewer homers than any other team in the regular season, save for the one which plays four hours west of it on I-70, advanced to the National League Championship Series for the fourth consecutive year because of the homer.
St. Louis clouted seven homers off the Los Angeles Dodgers, accounting for 13 of its 18 runs in a four-game win in the NL Division Series. Fittingly, the last one was a game-winning three-run shot by Matt Adams in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday that wiped out Clayton Kershaw’s 2-0 lead.
It was appropriate that Adams took Kershaw deep. Five of the Cardinals’ seven homers were by left-handed hitters off left-handed pitchers. Los Angeles started lefties in three of the four games and also utilized a pair of left-handers out of the bullpen.
“As far as how they’re taking the at-bats against lefties, I think they go through different periods of time where they’re taking better at-bats than others against left-handed pitching,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of his team.
Matt Carpenter belted homers off Kershaw, J.P. Howell and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Kolten Wong victimized Scott Elbert for the game-winner Monday night, and Adams chimed in with the series-clincher.
Odds would suggest that St. Louis should not count on the long ball in the National League Championship Series. But as they often do in October, the Cardinals tend to defy logic, so don’t be shocked if they continue to go yard. However, they will face a challenge from a San Francisco Giants pitching staff that gave up just nine runs in four games (including an 18-inning affair) against the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series.

NOTES, QUOTES
RECORD: 90-72, first place in National League Central; won NL Division Series 3-1 over Los Angeles Dodgers
NEXT: National League Championship Series, Game 1, Saturday — Giants (TBA) at Cardinals (RHP Adam Wainwright, 20-9, 2.38 ERA regular season; 0-0, 12.46 ERA postseason)
PLAYER NOTES:
–RHP Shelby Miller pitched well in his first postseason start, although his fastball command betrayed him in a two-run sixth. Miller allowed five hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts, showing more than enough to earn another start in the NLCS. Miller may have blew out the gas tank early, throwing 17 straight fastballs to start the game before finally using more breaking balls.
–RHP Adam Wainwright (arm fatigue) will get the ball for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday. Wainwright wasn’t a sure bet to start a potential Game 5 in Los Angeles on Thursday night after admitting to some soreness following a rocky Game 1 in which he allowed 11 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings. An extra three days rest should help him be ready for the NLCS opener.
–1B Matt Adams was the star Tuesday with a game-winning three-run homer off Clayton Kershaw, his first homer off a lefty since a two-run walk-off shot July 7 against Pittsburgh’s Justin Wilson. It was the second postseason homer for Adams, who took Pittsburgh’s Mark Melancon deep in Game 5 of last year’s NLDS to seal a 7-1 win.
–LHP Marco Gonzales earned his second win of the NLDS with a scoreless seventh, becoming the fourth pitcher in team history to win two games in a division series. Prior to Gonzales, the only left-hander to do it was Jeff Fassero in 2002. Gonzales worked three scoreless innings in three games and seems assured of an NLCS roster spot.
–C Yadier Molina went 0-for-3, but came up with a huge play to end the Dodgers’ two-run rally in the sixth. Taking advantage of a bad read by Andre Ethier after a Seth Maness pitch popped off his glove and slightly behind him, Molina picked Ethier off third for the third out. “That play is something he does without thinking,” manager Mike Matheny said of Molina. “He sees a play, he wants to make it happen.”
QUOTE TO NOTE: “He’s a great pitcher. I was just looking for a pitch in the strike zone that I could drive. Saw it pop up out of his hand and knew it was going to be a good one to swing at.” — Cardinals 1B Matt Adams on Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw following his game-winning homer of the Los Angeles ace to clinch an NLCS berth.

ROSTER REPORT
MEDICAL WATCH:
–RHP Adam Wainwright (arm fatigue) is expected to start the NL Championship Series opener Oct. 11.
–OF Shane Robinson (left shoulder subluxation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 4. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 28.
–LHP Jaime Garcia (sore left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list on June 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 11. Garcia missed most of last year with a torn rotator cuff, and this injury is said to be related. He had season-ending surgery July 11.
ROTATION:
RHP Adam Wainwright
RHP Lance Lynn
RHP John Lackey
RHP Shelby Miller
BULLPEN:
RHP Trevor Rosenthal (closer)
LHP Randy Choate
RHP Seth Maness
RHP Pat Neshek
LHP Sam Freeman
RHP Carlos Martinez
RHP Michael Wacha
LHP Marco Gonzales
CATCHERS:
Yadier Molina
Tony Cruz
INFIELDERS:
1B Matt Adams
2B Kolten Wong
SS Jhonny Peralta
3B Matt Carpenter
INF Daniel Descalso
INF Pete Kozma
OUTFIELDERS:
LF Matt Holliday
CF Jon Jay
RF Randal Grichuk
OF Peter Bourjos
OF Oscar Taveras

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October 9, 2014 — Vol. 20, No. 188
Insider team reports for all MLB Team teams.
Copyright (C) 2014 The Sports Xchange.
All Rights Reserved. Reprints, duplication or redistribution is prohibited without written permission from The Sports Xchange.
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