Bay Area Buzz 10/10: NLCS, Marcus Lattimore, Adam Dunn


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"Both the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals have essentially named their rotations for the National League Championship Series. In the potential seven game set, both teams will stick with the rotations that got them into the next round of October baseball. Despite his elbow bothering him, Wainwright will indeed take to the rubber, to square off with Bumgarner in game one.Game one: Adam Wainwright versus Madison BumgarnerGame two: Lance Lynn versus Jake PeavyGame three: John Lackey versus Tim HudsonGame four: Shelby Miller versus Ryan VogelsongGame five: Adam Wainwright versus Madison BumgarnerGame six: Lance Lynn versus Jake PeavyGame seven: Shelby Miller versus Ryan Vogelsong…On the whole, they are a brilliant rotation yet evenly matched with the Giants’ aces. The Giants can do nothing more than hope and pray for two things: Their own rotation continues their postseason dominance and that Wainwright, and his elbow, and Miller struggle once more. While these Cardinals are the team who knocked out those Dodgers last round, we must offer our thanks, and move on: Time to hate the Cardinals."

Timmy Kennedy, Around the Foghorn

Marcus Lattimore

"San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh met with the media Thursday afternoon, and he provided an update on Marcus Lattimore’s situation. Coach Harbaugh said the plan would be to bring Lattimore back to practice in the week following the 49ers Week 8 bye. That would give him three straight weeks of practice, in what Jim Harbaugh described as sort of a training camp type of environment."

David Fucillo, Niners Nation

Adam Dunn

"The Oakland Athletics have just announced the acquisition of RHP Jorge De Leon from the Houston Astros.Jorge De Leon, claimed off of waivers, has spent two seasons with the Houston Astros appearing in 19 games and accumulating a 5.19 ERA in 17.1 innings. He was drafted by the Astros in 2006, granted free agency in 2012 and has spent most of his career pitching in the minors. It is unclear, at the moment, what moves Billy Beane is attempting to make with this acquisition as De Leon has very little big league experience, offers little in trade potential and doesn’t necessarily fill a void that the Athletics currently have but, as we all know, Beane is always playing two or three moves ahead of everyone else and probably has something up his sleeve.…The Athletics have also released designated hitter Adam Dunn. Dunn, who played 2001 games before his first post-season opportunity, has made it clear that this would be his last year in baseball and reiterated that fact after the Athletics’ wildcard loss, for which he did not receive an at-bat. Releasing Dunn is probably a formality in the process of retirement but many fans, myself included, would have liked to have seen the Athletics talk him out of retirement for one more year as his power bat would help keep the Athletics in contention for a 2015 post season run."

Tony Frye, Swingin’ A’s