The San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds will bring everything they have to their playoff opener on Saturday. Both lineups are loaded with more talent than they have had in recent memory, and there will be a pair of aces on the mound.
AT&T Park has been kind to the Giants this year, as they have gone 48-33 at home this season. However, despite that advantage, the Reds have been almost as impressive on the road with a 47-34 record. Playing on the road has not bothered them whatsoever this year.
If the teams are indeed relatively evenly matched, what individual matchups are going to make a difference Saturday night?
Specifically, there are five potential confrontations that could determine the winners and losers. While baseball is a team game, it also relies directly on the contributions of the individual players.
Note: All of the situational statistics were originally compiled by Baseball Reference.