The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves earned their place in post-season play last Sunday during the final regular season MLB contests. The Giants clinched the NL West Division title after a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres as the Braves captured the Wild Card following their 8-7 win against the 2009 NL champion Philadelphia Phillies. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will start on the hill for San Francisco. This season he was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against the Braves.
Derek Lowe was just recently announced as the other Game 1 starter in light of his successful September streak. The National League Pitcher of the Month earned his rank after going 5-0 with 29 strikeouts while producing a 1.17 ERA. “All that is stuff you look back at in the offseason and go, that was a good run,” said Lowe. “But clearly you want to pitch like this in the postseason. People will remember that more than what you do in September.”
The Philadelphia Phillies were able to cruise to another NL East Division title, finishing their 2010 regular season campaign at 97-65. They will matchup with the NL Central winning Cincinnati Reds, a team that hasn’t seen the NLDS in fifteen years. Edinson Volquez will start in the opening game for the Reds. The five-year veteran right-hander has been working hard to regain his strength since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2009. “It’s an honor for me,” said Volquez. “For me it’s big, because I was out for one year and came back from Tommy John. This is the first game of the playoffs. It’s big-time.” Ace pitcher Roy Halladay will get the start for the Phillies. Check back for 2010 MLB playoff updates.
Game 1: Braves @ Giants Thursday, Oct. 7
Game 2: Braves @ Giants Friday, Oct. 8
Game 3: Giants @ Braves Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 4*: Giants @ Braves Monday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: Braves @ Giants Wednesday, Oct. 13
Game 1: Reds @ Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 6
Game 2: Reds @ Phillies Friday, Oct. 8
Game 3: Phillies @ Reds Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 4*: Phillies @ Reds Monday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: Reds @ Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 13