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NLDS Game 5: Reds vs. Giants (1:07 EDT). Latos vs. Cain.

One-game series.

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San Francisco Giants
@ Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Matt Cain vs Mat Latos


TV: TBS; RADIO: WLW, KNBR; WEB:, Gameday Audio, Gameday


Clear. Game time temperature around 60.

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This could be the end of a long and lovely season. Or it could be the end of 17 years without a home playoff win or an NLCS appearance. There's nothing like a final series game to throw everything into stark contrast. It's going to be emotional.

If 167 games is all we get, then I've enjoyed spending this season with you. If it's not, I've still enjoyed spending the season with you. Either way, nothing is erased that came before.

In a roundabout and frustrating way, the Reds and Giants have only confirmed what we figured was true going in: these two teams are a pretty good match. It could have happened by trading wins. Or by a series of close games that broke evenly. Instead, it happened in this jarring and backwards way. But we got to the same place we thought we might.

In a series of Biggest Moments for various players, this would be the biggest start of young Mat Latos' career. Bigger than the previous Biggest Appearance that came just a few days a go.

Go Reds! They're my favorite team. As you know.

Mat Latos RELEVANT DATA Matt Cain
Team Giants


Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Zack Cozart (R) SS
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Scott Rolen (R) 3B
Ryan Hanigan (R) C
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Mat Latos (R) P


Dioner Navarro (S) C
Todd Frazier (R) 3B
Miguel Cairo (R) IF
Wilson Valdez (R) SS
Chris Heisey (R) OF
Xavier Paul (L) OF


I don't care.


Reliever 2012 IP NLDS (5 day span)
Aroldis Chapman 71.2
43 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 58.0
43 pitches
Sean Marshall 61
21 pitches
Jose Arredondo 62
46 pitches
Sam LeCure 57.1
45 pitches
Alfredo Simon 61
22 pitches
J.J. Hoover 67.2
34 pitches
Bronson Arroyo 209.1
91 pitches (Sunday)