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NLDS Game 4 lineups: Giants vs. Reds

Oct 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the NLDS between the Giants and Reds, in Cincinnati:

   SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS           CINCINNATI REDS
1. Angel Pagan, CF             1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
2. Marco Scutaro, 2B           2. Zack Cozart, SS
3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B          3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Buster Posey, 1B            4. Ryan Ludwick, LF
5. Hunter Pence, RF            5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Hector Sanchez, C           6. Todd Frazier, 3B
7. Gregor Blanco, LF           7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Brandon Crawford, SS        8. Drew Stubbs, CF
9. Barry Zito, SP              9. Mike Leake, SP

The big story for this game is that Johnny Cueto was removed from the Reds’ playoff roster with a strained oblique muscle and has been replaced by Mike Leake, who’ll start Game 4 on two weeks rest. Leake tossed a one-run complete game against the Giants during the regular season, but was mediocre enough overall that the Reds opted to leave him off the postseason roster.

In addition to the Cueto/Leake switch manager Dusty Baker has made a pair of lineup changes, benching Scott Rolen for Todd Frazier at third base and Ryan Hanigan for Dioner Navarro at catcher. Our own Matthew Pouliot wrote last night that it was time for Rolen to take a seat and even before his Game 3 error plenty of Reds fans were clamoring for Frazier.

Bruce Bochy made a change to the Giants’ lineup, giving Buster Posey a day off from catching by shifting him to first base and inserting Hector Sanchez behind the plate at the expense of Brandon Belt. Not only is Barry Zito on the Giants’ playoff roster after being left off in 2010, he got the Game 4 starting nod over Tim Lincecum. Imagine telling a Giants fan that was going to happen back in spring training.

  1. Nick C - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Giants fans can’t be happy to exchange Belt’s bat for Sanchez’. Though it will be hard for the Giants offense to be any worse than it has been in the first 3 games.

    • bengalsucker - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Belt struck out, what, 3 times yesterday? twice looking and once swinging to be exact. I think a change is in order.

      • kardshark1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        Both looking were balls way out of the zone according to pitch tracker. So Bochy and your answer: punish him for not swinging at balls. Belt is their second best hitter, not to mention one of their best fielders. Belt should be batting 1st, 2nd or 3rd, not on the bench. Joey Votto didn’t get a hit yesterday, guess you’d bench him too.

      • bengalsucker - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        If the ump is calling it a strike (and he was the WHOLE game), you need to swing at it. As a hitter you’re supposed to get a feel for the strike zone that the ump is calling. That’s the human aspect of the game. If you don’t concede to what he’s calling a strike, that’s your fault. You better start swinging or you’re going to look really foolish all game. And he did look foolish. Look I’m not a Giants fan, I’m a Reds fan. But if I were a Giants fan, I’d be wondering why my supposed 2nd best hitter looked at a called strike 3 twice in the same night. That’s a problem. Joey will never look at 2 strike 3’s go by him. He’s too good of a hitter. Belt, on the other hand, didn’t adjust to the umps strike zone and got punished because of it apparently.

      • kardshark1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        It’s not too hard. You should NEVER swing at balls, ever. If the ump blows the call, then so be it. Belt didn’t look foolish, the ump did for blowing the call. Blown calls happen, weirdos want that to be part of game cause the human element is fun. But in the long run, Belt’s approach of not swinging at pitches out of the zone is the most productive way a hitter can operate. And it’s not “supposed” 2nd best hitter. It is fact, just look at his ballpark adjusted stats.

  2. vincentbojackson - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Too bad Lincecum didn’t get the start against Leake. We could have had the battle of the two worst haircuts in the league.

    • Marty McKee - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Leake cut his hair a long time ago.

  3. Nick C - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Giants should probably make sure their valuables are secure with Mike Leake around.

    • Marty McKee - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Good one.

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