Rookie Todd Frazier turned some heads while giving the Reds excellent coverage at both corner infield positions when first baseman Joey Votto and third baseman Scott Rolen were sidelined, but he will likely serve a bench role in the playoffs. Whatever he has the opportunity to do is fine with Frazier, who finished with 19 homers and 67 RBIs in 442 at-bats. "I'll be coming in every day thinking I will be starting. I will keep that positive mind-set," Frazier said. "You never know when it's go time for me. I'll be ready every inning." The Reds brought 28 players to San Francisco as they weigh their options on getting down to 25. There are 15 pitchers among the 28, so the staff will consist of 12 if Cincinnati chooses to carry a third catcher in Devin Mesoraco. Several hitters have good history against Cain, including Votto (7-for-23), Ryan Ludwick (8-for-22, three homers) and Jay Bruce (6-for-13). Giants: Scutaro is SF's secret weapon
When the Giants acquired Marco Scutaro, they knew they had gotten a veteran infielder who would help their cause. They found out down to the last 20 games that they got much more than that. Scutaro, acquired from the Rockies on July 27, finished the season with a 20-game hitting streak. During the streak he batted .436 with five doubles and 17 RBIs. "I knew he was a good player, but to see him day in and day out, you appreciate how good he is," manager Bruce Bochy said. The Giants, who carried 11 pitchers throughout their 2010 run to the World Series, are going with 12 in the Division Series. That includes three lefties in the bullpen -- Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez and Jose Mijares -- and on the position side includes Aubrey Huff, who has struggled since his 2010 heroics. Hunter Pence is the Giants starter with the most appearances vs. Cueto, going 8-for-29 with two doubles and 11 strikeouts against the right-hander. Reserve infielder Ryan Theriot, another former denizen of the NL Central, has the most at-bats against Cueto, with 43. Worth noting
Through the regular season, Baker stands No. 2 and Bochy No. 3 among active managers in career victories. Baker has 1,581 in 19 seasons and Bochy has 1,454 in 18, both short of Detroit manager Jim Leyland's total of 1,676 in 21 seasons. This marks the sixth postseason appearance as a manager for both Baker and Bochy. The season series went 4-3 in favor of the Reds, and Cincinnati now has a 20-13 advantage over the last five seasons. The final game between the two teams this season, on July 1, ended in a tough way for the Reds, who saw Bruce mistime his leap against the wall in right field, allowing an Angel Pagan fly ball to drop and the winning run to score. Both teams won their divisions going away after battling for position earlier in the year. The Giants spent 86 days in first place, including every day since Aug. 19 after spending much of the first half in second behind the Dodgers. The Reds spent 124 days in first place, including the last 83, starting with the first game after the All-Star break.