NLDS rotation set
The Reds NLDS rotation, against whoever they may face is:
Game 1 — Edinson Volquez
Game 2 — Bronson Arroyo
Game 3 — Johnny Cueto
Travis Wood and Homer Bailey are available from the bullpen.
“Wood gives us potentially four lefties in the bullpen,” manager Dusty Baker said. “And both of them could be potential Game 4 or Game 5 starters if we needed them to. This was predicated upon Philadelphia initially.”
The full 25-man playoff roster has not been revealed yet but the Reds will go with 11 pitchers.
If the Reds draw the left-handed hitting heavy Phillies as originally expected, Wood would have been a potential problem for them. He took a perfect game into the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park in July.
“That was the first time they saw him, too. Not to take anything away from him,” Baker said. “They didn’t have Utley. They didn’t have Polanco. They didn’t have Ruiz. And they were scoring runs at the time. He’s a gutsy kid but he and Homer are probably the least experienced too. If we can get him a game, he’d be more prepared to start the next time if there is a next time.”
Arroyo was put between Volquez and Cueto to have a softer thrower between two power arms. Arroyo, a 17-game winner and the most veteran pitcher of the rotation, said he wasn’t disappointed about not getting Game 1.
“Either way, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me,” Arroyo said. “I’ll toe the rubber some time.”
Also — here is Sunday’s final regular season lineup
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