The Pitching Matchup: John Lackey (1-0, 1.29 ERA) has thrown 111 career innings in the postseason, more than any other active pitcher. A World Series winner with the Angels in 2002 and with the Red Sox last year, he has plenty of experience going into game 3.
Yadier Molina, after straining his oblique at the plate on Monday, will not be on the roster for game 3. Instead, veteran AJ Pierzynski, Lackey’s battery-mate in Boston last year, will start behind the plate.
For the Giants, veteran Tim Hudson (0-0, 1.23 ERA) will be making his second start of the postseason. In his division series start, he limited the Nationals to a single run in 7 1/3 innings. He is now on nine days’ rest after dealing with discomfort in his hip.
The Skinny: Both starting battery teams bring veteran presence to the game tonight. Lackey and Pierzynski have a combined 28 years of big league experience and Hudson has been a force to be reckoned with ever since he broke into the Majors in 1999. The youngster in the conversation is 27-year old Giants catcher Buster Posey, who in five years already has two World Series rings, an MVP, and a rookie of the year — most players would call that a good career.