Reds And Tigers Look To Complete LDS Sweeps

By: Willie Bee | Monday, October 8, 2012
Don Best's Pat Williams and Kenny White look ahead to Tuesday's ALDS Game 3 in Oakland where the Athletics are on the brink of elimination against the Detroit Tigers.

San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
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10/09/2012, 5:37 p.m. (ET) TBS
Opening Lines: Reds -140, O/U 8
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Series So Far: The Giants have been no match for the Reds who come home to Cincinnati with a 2-0 lead.  Cincinnati overcame the injury to Johnny Cueto one batter into Saturday's series opener to post a 5-2 triumph as a +115 underdog, then routed San Francisco 9-0 in Game 2 behind Bronson Arroyo who was getting +135 from the oddsmakers.  Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce have provided a big chunk of Cincy's offense with six extra base hits between them, and Dusty Baker's relievers have come through with 10-2/3 innings while allowing only two runs.  The Reds won two of three against San Fran when the clubs met at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park in late-April, the 'over' also going 2-1.

Pitching Matchup: Both managers used their potential Game 3 starters out of the bullpen during the first two games, forcing them to reshuffle their rotations as the series shifts to Cincinnati.  Bruce Bochy will give the ball to Ryan Vogelsong in hopes of staving off elimination for the Giants. Vogelsong closed strong in his final three starts of the regular season (17 IP, 1 ER), and helped pitch San Fran to two wins over the Reds this year, including the Giants' only win in the series at GABP.  Baker turns to Homer Bailey to deliver the club's first postseason series win since the 1995 NLDS.  Bailey posted a 1.84 ERA over his final seven assignments, but Cincinnati was only able to win three of the games.  His only appearance of 2012 vs. the Giants was against Vogelsong, a 6-5 San Francisco victory with the Reds laying $1.15 in the contest.

Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics MLB Betting Preview
10/09/2012, 9:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
Opening Lines: A's -135, O/U 7
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Series So Far: The Athletics return home pushed to the brink after losing both games in Detroit.  Oakland was never able to solve Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Saturday's 3-1 setback with Detroit decided -185 chalk.  The A's were unable to hold three different 1-run leads on Sunday as the Tigers rallied to post a 5-4 dubya of the walk-off variety, this time as $1.60 favorites.  Four games between the clubs at the Coliseum in May resulted in a split (Detroit favored in all four) while totals wagers also were halved 2-2.

Pitching Matchup: Anibal Sanchez makes his postseason debut in a contest that could send the Tigers to their third ALCS in seven years.  Detroit was 5-7 in his starts after the trade from Miami, with Sanchez posting a 3.74 ERA.  Oakland roughed him up at Comerica Park on Sept. 20, plating six runs (5 earned) and chasing the right-hander in the sixth inning of an eventual 12-4 triumph.  Lefty Brett Anderson is charged with sending this ALDS to a fourth game, and will be making his first start in nearly three weeks after being sidelined at the end of the regular season with an oblique strain.  Anderson began the season on the DL rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and didn't make his debut until late-August.  His most recent start came Sept. 19 in Detroit where he allowed three runs before leaving the game in the third with the oblique issue.  The Tigers won that contest as $1.75 favorites behind Verlander.

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