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Buster Posey hits cleanup in the NLDS opener.

San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants are giving us lots of ammo as we build our excitement for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Apparently not seeing any competitive advantage in waiting until the last possible moment to release their lineup for the series opener, the Giants went ahead and unveiled it in the early afternoon.

Normally I don’t post the lineup until the gamethread, but this is clearly a special game. So let’s take a look at who the Giants are rolling with for Game 1. I’m including each player’s season stats, as well as their career performance against Walker Buehler, the Dodgers starting pitcher.

  1. (L) Tommy La Stella 2B — .250/.308/.405, 92 OPS+ (2-8, 1 double, 2 strikeouts)
  2. (R) Wilmer Flores 1B — .262/.335/.447, 111 OPS+ (1-9, 2 walks, 1 strikeout)
  3. (L) Brandon Crawford SS — .298/.373/.522, 141 OPS+ (4-23, 3 doubles, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts)
  4. (R) Buster Posey C — .304/.399/.499, 140 OPS+ (3-15, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 1 strikeout)
  5. (L) LaMonte Wade Jr. RF — .253/.326/.482, 117 OPS+ (2-10, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 1 strikeout)
  6. (R) Kris Bryant LF — .265/.353/.481, 124 OPS+ (3-13, 1 double, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts)
  7. (L) Mike Yastrzemski CF — .224/.311/.457, 106 OPS+ (6-20, 1 triple, 1 double, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts)
  8. (R) Evan Longoria 3B — .261/.351/.482, 124 OPS+ (5-14, 4 strikeouts)
  9. Logan Webb RHP — 3.03 ERA, 2.72 FIP, 158 strikeouts to 36 walks in 148.1 innings (2021 vs. Dodgers: 16 innings, 7 hits, 4 walks, 4 earned runs, 17 strikeouts)

And here’s the Dodgers crew, with their career numbers against Webb.

  1. (R) Mookie Betts RF — .264/.367/.487, 128 OPS+ (0-4, 1 walk, 1 strikeout)
  2. (L) Corey Seager SS — .306/.394/.521, 145 OPS+ (1-7, 1 strikeout)
  3. (R) Trea Turner 2B — .328/.375/.536, 146 OPS+ (0-2)
  4. (R) Justin Turner 3B — .278/.361/.471, 123 OPS+ (3-7, 3 doubles, 1 walk)
  5. (R) Will Smith C — .258/.365/.495/, 130 OPS+ (0-5, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts)
  6. (L) Matt Beaty 1B — .270/.363/.402, 107 OPS+ (0-6, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts)
  7. (L) Cody Bellinger CF — .165/.240/.302, 45 OPS+ (3-13, 1 double, 2 strikeouts)
  8. (R) AJ Pollock LF — .297/.355/.536, 137 OPS+ (1-5, 1 double, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts)
  9. Walker Buehler RHP — 2.47 ERA, 3.16 FIP, 212 strikeouts to 57 walks in 207.2 innings (2021 vs. Giants: 37 innings, 27 hits, 9 walks, 9 earned runs, 33 strikeouts)

Go Giants, in my opinion.