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Angel Pagan (1-for-9), Marco Scutaro (0-for-8, BB) and Pablo Sandoval (2-for-9) have combined to reach base just four times in 27 plate appearances in front of Posey so far in this series.
During the season Pagan (.338 OBP), Scutaro (.348) and Sandoval (.342) had on-base percentages well above the league average of .319.
Again, the Giants are just one more lousy game from elimination, so there's not much time for those three to get it going. Yet if they can get hot in front of Posey for the next few games, the Giants offense could get back on track in time to win three straight and advance.
It's somewhat surprising that the Reds came into AT&T Park and completely dominated the Giants this weekend. It would be very surprising if the Giants traveled to Cincinnati and won three straight games to advance to the NLCS.
Anything is possible in baseball, which is why it's the greatest sport to follow—particularly in the postseason when everything is magnified because of the pressure and the small sample sizes involved.
The Giants are desperate right now. Time and momentum are not on their side. Yet there remains a small chance that they can go sweep the Reds and live to see another series.
Vogelsong could shut down the Reds in Game 3. Cain could redeem himself in Game 4. The top of the lineup could get hot in front of Posey, who could continue his excellent second-half and postseason performance.
There's an endless series of possibilities that remain, though the odds are strongly in the Reds' favor. But until the Giants are officially eliminated, they might as well grasp at the positive things that could save their season.