There are few of items of note that I’d like to bring to your attention prior to Game Six of the 2012 Naitonal League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants:

1) Matt Holliday was a last minute scratch from tonight’s game due to back stiffness. The very effective Matt Carpenter takes his place. The man who filled in so admirably for Carlos Beltran when he went down to a knee injury, will play first base tonight, and push Allen Craig into left field. Craig has only played 265 and two thirds innings at left in his Major League career, and AT&T Park isn’t exactly the friendliest of places for corner outfielders.

2) Both Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner will be available out of the bullpen tonight, meaning that with the season on the line for the Giants, Ryan Vogelsong will likely have a short leash, no matter how good his Game Two start was.

3) There’s an 80% chance of rain tomorrow, and Jayson Stark of ESPN quoted an MLB source as saying that, if necessary, Game Seven will be played on Monday night “unless there’s a hurricane.” If the weather truly does prove too terrible tomorrow, the deciding game of the NLCS will be played on Wednesday afternoon.

4) If you haven’t Vogelsong’d your Twitter handle, why even bother watching tonight’s game at all?

5) BIG CARP!

6) Finally, first pitch is scheduled for 4:37 PM local time from AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Here are the starting lineups:

St. Louis Cardinals
1. Jon Jay (L) CF
2. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Allen Craig (R) LF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. David Freese (R) 3B
7. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
8. Pete Kozma (R) SS
9. Chris Carpenter (R) P

San Francisco Giants
1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Ryan Vogelson (R) P

Here are the starting pitcher repertoires for the 2012 season:

RHP Chris Carpenter (via Brooks Baseball):

Throughout Carpenter’s career, he’s shown a willingness to pitch a lot of cutters to right-handed batters. However, in Game Two, Carpenter relied heavily on his sinker in a variety of situations. This wasn’t a good thing, as Giants batters took advantage and chased him from the game in the fourth inning.

RHP Ryan Vogelsong (via Brooks Baseball):

Ryan Vogelsong’s “pitching backwards” has been discussed ad naseum, but it was interesting to see that armed with a 94 miles per hour fastball through the first few innings of Game Two, the right-hander played the part of the more typical pitcher. He established fastball with opposing hitters early and then adapted as the game went on. It was a successful approach, and one that we could see again if his fastball is humming at the same velocity tonight.

Comments (15)

  1. NLCS redefines boredom.

  2. If I have to hear the ESPN radio crew make a big deal when a pitcher doesn’t record an out while batting, I am going to end my life.

  3. You’re full of piss and vinegar this evening SP.

    • Forcing yourself to read 648 (and counting) comments at DJF will do that to a guy GSMC. That’s thankfully never a problem over here. (Why am I watching football?)

  4. No Baseball on any of their channels, but plenty of NFL Football! Can you imagine if the Jays were in the Playoffs & Rogers wasn’t broadcasting them on any of their channels?
    Anyone else remember the Sunday MLB playoff game a couple of years or so ago when they broadcast a Hooters competition instead?
    Idiots!

  5. What are the ground rules for Getting Spanked? Can I get drunk/remain ignorant or is this a more cultured crowd?

    • Be yourself my good man. Hunker down and enjoy. (Thanks for making the effort.)

      • +1

        If you time it down, you’re no longer the Smasher. Pour yourself a big one and enjoy the game. I have comment fatigue from next door.

  6. Aviles or no, I still want me some Scutaro next year. There are better of course, but with the many other needs he’d suit me just fine.

  7. WELL FUCK ME GENTLY.
    I MISREAD SIMPLE ENGLISH.
    GSMC HAS POSTED A DJF GAME THREAT AT GETTING BLANKED PODCAST OCT.19TH.
    HE WENT ALL OUT, WHAT WITH LINEUPS AND ALL
    SEE YOU THERE PERHAPS?

  8. @Smasher: old habits die hard. Looks like we’re settling in at DJF (GETTING BLANKED PODCAST OCT.19TH)

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