Tuesday’s ALDS/NLDS Probables

October 9, 2012


ALDS Game 3: DET leads 2-0

Anibal Sanchez (DET) v Brett Anderson (OAK)

Anibal Sanchez

Here we get to see a guy whose new environment hasn’t done wonders for him, up against a guy who has made only six starts, but has been very good in four of those starts. Since coming across to the Marlins, Anibal Sanchez hasn’t improved as greatly as the Tigers would’ve hoped, but he still gives them a solid pitching option. He is 9-13 in 31 starts this year, with a 3.86 ERA. With the Tigers, he has a 4-6 record. He has also pitched a complete game shutout on September 25th against Kansas City. Sanchez last pitched 6.1 innings, giving up a run on seven hits with four strike outs in Minnesota. He has played Oakland once this year, losing that game. He went 5.2 innings, giving up six runs on six hits and the team accounted for five errors. Sanchez will look to rebound from that performance in this game.

Brett Anderson

Against him is Oakland lefty Brett Anderson, who has a 4-2 record in six starts. Across those six starts, he has struck out 25 batters. As it happens, Anderson’s last start came September 19th against the Tigers, where he unfortunately picked up his second loss of the season. He went just two and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits, walking three and striking out just one batter. Anderson will certainly be hoping that the Oakland Coliseum helps him some what, as this year he has won two from two starts at home.


Both players haven’t lit the MLB up, with Sanchez a career sinner of that. I do believe though that Sanchez will do enough in this game to be the better pitcher of the two. Anderson simply hasn’t done enough this year and hasn’t had enough appearances to be able to back him. Both players have never pitched in the postseason, but Sanchez has played for long enough that it won’t bother him. Should be a nice pitching matchup regardless, and personally, I would love to see Oakland take home this one to extend the series.

NLDS Game 3: CIN leads 2-0

Ryan Vogelsong (SFG) v Homer Bailey (CIN)

Homer Bailey

This matchup features two pitchers who have had very different results of late. Ryan Vogelsong has had a poor last two months for the Giants, while Homer Bailey is coming off a no-hitter against Pittsburgh. That came after four innings of shutout ball against the Cardinals. Thanks to the no hitter, and the four innings against the Cards, Bailey has 13 consecutive innings of shutout stuff coming into this game. This season, Bailey is 13-10 this year, and has a 3.68 ERA. In his only start against the Giants back on April 26 this year, Bailey had a 2.84 ERA. In 6.1 innings, he gave up three runs on seven hits and two errors.

Ryan Vogelsong

Bailey goes against the Giants Ryan Vogelsong, who went 14-9 with a 3.34 ERA over the course of this season. In the last month, Vogelsong was 2-2 with a 6.34 ERA, having lost games to Arizona and Colorado. In his most recent outing, he threw five innings, and gave up a run on two hits, striking out seven and walking one. In two games against the Reds, he had no decision in either of the two, and had a 4.12 ERA. Over those two games, Vogelsong gave up six runs on ten hits and struck out 10.


Look for Bailey to be dominant again in this game, and work off the energy that is around the team at the moment after their great start to the series. Voglesong could be out early in this one, though I hope that isn’t the case so we can see a closer game than the two previous in this series. If Bailey can get on top early, he’ll come away with a W in this game for sure.

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