San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals.
|Figure 1. Bumgarner pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits in a 8-0 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.|
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Ace Madison Bumgarner was explosive in the regular season after finishing with an 18-10 record that included a 2.98 ERA and a team high 219 strikeouts. With a pitching rotation that also includes veterans Tim Hudson, Ryan Vogelsong and Jake Peavy, San Francisco will have plenty of experience to lean upon this postseason. The primary playmaker offensively for the Giants this season was catcher Buster Posey, who led the team in batting average (.311), home runs (22), and RBIs (89).
|Figure 2. Strasburg led MLB in strikeouts this season with 242.|
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While they aren't particularly dynamic on offense, the batting order is very deep and features numerous guys that can make a big impact play, such as center fielder Denard Span, right fielder Jayson Werth, infielder Anthony Rendon, and shortstop Ian Desmond, just to name a few.
GAME 1 PITCHING MATCH-UP
SF: Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73 ERA) vs. WAS: Stephen Strasburg (14-11, 3.14 ERA)
PROJECTED BATTING LINEUPS
1.) CF Gregor Blanco 1.) CF Denard Span
2.) 2B Joe Panik 2.) 3B Anthony Rendon
3.) C Buster Posey 3.) RF Jayson Werth
4.) 3B Pablo Sandoval 4.) 1B Adam LaRoche
5.) RF Hunter Pence 5.) SS Ian Desmond
6.) 1B Brandon Belt 6.) LF Bryce Harper
7.) SS Brandon Crawford 7.) C Wilson Ramos
8.) LF Travis Ishikawa 8.) 2B Asdrubal Cabrera
9.) Giants Starting Pitchers 9.) Nationals Starting Pitchers
St.Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
|Figure 3. Wainwright will try to lead the Cardinals to the World Series for the first time since winning in 2011.|
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They will be led by their ace pitcher Adam Wainwright, who was dominant this season after finishing with a record of 20-9, a 2.38 ERA and 184 strikeouts. On offense, the Cardinals will be led by first baseman Matt Adams (.288 BA Avg, 15 HRs, 68 RBIs), outfielder Matt Holiday (,272 BA Avg, 20 HRs, 90 RBIs) and shortstop Johnny Peralta (.263 BA Avg, 21 HRs, 75 RBIs).
|Figure 4. Will Kershaw's incredible 2014 season continue against the Cardinals?|
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Los Angeles also has playmakers on offense that include outfielder Yasiel Puig (.296 BA Avg, 16 HRs), first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (.276 BA Avg, 27 HRs, 116 RBIs) and outfielder Matt Kemp (.287 BA Avg, 25HRs, 89 RBIs), just to name a few.
GAME 1 PITCHING MATCH-UP (Maybe the best you'll see this postseason!)
STL: Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38 ERA) vs. LAD: Clayton Kershaw (21-3, 1.77 ERA)
PROJECTED BATTING LINEUPS
1.) 3B Matt Carpenter 1.) 2B Dee Gordon
2.) 2B Kolten Wong 2.) CF Yasiel Puig
3.) LF Matt Holliday 3.) 1B Adrian Gonzalez
4.) 1B Matt Adams 4.) RF Matt Kemp
5.) SS Jhonny Peralta 5.) SS Hanley Ramirez
6.) C Yadier Molina 6.) LF Carl Crawford/Andre Ethier
7.) RF Jon Jay 7.) 3B Juan Uribe
8.) CF Peter Bourjos 8.) C A.J. Ellis
9.) Starting Cardinals Pitchers 9.) Starting Dodgers Pitchers
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