- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot blogger
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We haven't had too many controversial lineup decisions yet this postseason, but here's a big one: Bruce Bochy will sit Brandon Belt in Game 4, move Buster Posey to first base and play Hector Sanchez at catcher. Chris Quick of Bay City Ball does not like the move.
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The Reds did decide to remove Johnny Cueto from their roster and start Mike Leake in Game 4. This means Cueto is ineligible for the NLCS should the Reds advance. As Redleg Nation writes, the Reds were never going to start Mat Latos. The Reds will also start Todd Frazier at third base and Dioner Navarro at catcher. I understand it's a day game after a night game, but the Giants are starting lefty Barry Zito. Ryan Hanigan had a .455 OBP versus left-handers this season. He has a career .408 OBP versus left-handers. He should be in the lineup today. Also, it's a little odd that Baker is batting Navarro seventh and Drew Stubbs eighth. Stubbs had a terrible season but he can actually hit left-handers: .283/.324/.464. Ignore Navarro's .290 average in 69 at-bats; he's not a good hitter.
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