The 2010 NLDS schedule brings us Reds vs. Phillies Game 2 on Friday night. Game 1 of the series made baseball history when Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter for Philadelphia. This was only the second postseason no-hitter in the history of the game, and the second time that Halladay has pitched a no-hitter this year. Everyone thought he would be a good postseason pitcher, but in his first ever appearance in the MLB Playoffs, he far exceeded anyone’s expectations. Now we find out if Philadelphia will have a let-down in Game 2, or if their pitching can continue that dominance.
It wasn’t like the Phillies offense showed off on Wednesday night, though, as they only managed five hits in the game, which probably won’t be enough to pull out any more wins in this series. These Cincinnati Reds were one of the best hitting teams in all of baseball, and sporting MVP candidate Joey Votto makes them pretty intimidating to most pitchers not named Roy Halladay.
Now Roy Oswalt gets his turn on Friday night, as he takes the mound for the Phillies against Bronson Arroyo. On paper, this match-up favors Philadelphia as well, but remember that the last time a no-hitter was thrown in the postseason (Don Larsen, 1956), his team lost the next game.
Oswalt was brought to Philadelphia for just this type of game, pitching for the Phillies down the stretch after a late-season trade with the Houston Astros. He finished the year 13-13 with an impressive 2.76 ERA, and continues to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. For some reason, Oswalt has remained under the radar by pitching in Houston, and now he gets his first postseason start since 2005. Oswalt is a career 4-0 in the playoffs during eight starts, and has the experience of taking the mound in the 2005 World Series for the Astros.
Arroyo had a pretty good season himself, going 17-10 with a 3.88 ERA for the Reds. He also has a lot of postseason experiences from his years with the Boston Red Sox, and the Reds are hoping that pays off with his appearance on Friday night. With the knowledge that Cincinnati has to win Game 2 to stand a chance in this series, it’s a lot of pressure to put on Arroyo. That pressure will all play out at 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET) on Friday, Oct. 8. Game 2 is in Philadelphia and will again be broadcast live on TBS. We are now just hours away from finding out if the superior hitters from these two teams are going to wake up and make this series interesting.