Giants vs. Reds lineup: Pablo Sandoval starts, Brandon Belt sits


Giants vs. Reds lineup: Pablo Sandoval starts, Brandon Belt sits

Earlier this month, the Giants and Reds split a series in Cincinnati. The Giants fell to the Reds on Friday night in a 7-0 shutout against the team's former prospect, Luis Castillo.

Jeff Samardzija will get starting honors for the Orange and Black on Saturday as the series continues. He will face Anthony DeSclafani and a Reds' lineup that possesses Derek Dietrich who hit his 10th home run of the season on Friday night in his 36th career game with the Reds. 

The crowd at Oracle Park will be able to get their hands on a "Let Pablo Pitch" bobblehead which is always a boost for attendance:

Panda will start at first base for Brandon Belt who has an inflamed knee that required an MRI on Friday. 

Samardzija hopes to not repeat his last start against Cincinnati (last Sunday) when the Reds took him yard -- on three consecutive pitches. 

Here's how the Reds-Giants lineups look for Saturday's game in San Francisco, which you can watch on NBC Sports Bay Area. Coverage begins at 5 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds (17-22)
Nick Senzel, CF
Joey Votto, 1B
Eugenio Suarez, 3B
Jesse Winker, LF
Yasiel Puig, RF
Derek Dietrich, 2B
Jose Iglesias, SS
Anthony DeSclafani, RHP (2-1, 3.65)
Tucker Barnhart, C

San Francisco Giants (16-22)
Joe Panik, 2B
Stephen Vogt, C
Evan Longoria, 3B
Pablo Sandoval, 1B
Mac Williamson, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Kevin Pillar, CF
Steven Duggar, RF
Jeff Samardzija, RHP (2-1, 3.16 ERA)

Where Barry Bonds, Will Clark, Buster Posey rank on 'Sweetest Swings' list

Where Barry Bonds, Will Clark, Buster Posey rank on 'Sweetest Swings' list

Those who utter the term, "baseball is boring," must not have been around when Giants' legendary slugger Barry Bonds would step up to the plate.

Not many were able to mimic what he could do -- both on the field, and from the comfort of your own homes. He would make you stop what you were doing and turn the channel to when it was his turn to hit. That simply doesn't happen anymore.

His ways with a bat were highlighted in Bleacher Report's "The 20 Sweetest Swings in MLB History."

Bonds landed at the No. 4 spot, but almost didn't make the list altogether from how it changed after he bulked up. BR's Zachary Rymer did, however, say aspiring hitters would study Bonds' ways. And why wouldn't they? The guy is the all-time leader in home runs and walks. Watching him launch one into McCovey Cove was a treat. 

Reds first baseman Joey Votto told NBC Sports California last season he would grow up studying the seven-time MVP's offensive ways obsessively. He wanted to be "unpitchable" to, just as Bonds was. 

Right behind Barry at No. 16 was Will Clark, who had a similar feel when he approached the plate. Not only did he have a presence, but he also had a sense of "swagger," that BR highlighted. It was almost as if Clark had an eight-count worth of choreography and he was about to perform for the crowd.

The Thrill was a six-time All-Star select, two Silver-Slugger Awards and a career .303 batter. Whatever he was doing, appeared to work for him.

Catcher Buster Posey landed at the No. 13 space due to how stealthy and smooth his swing is. Despite the downtick in productivity in recent seasons, BR recognized the fluidity. 

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During the spring, Giants manager Gabe Kapler complimented what he saw, and what other coaches said, from Posey in the cage. He was also putting extra work in with the organization's director of hitting, Dustin Lind, and maintained an optimistic attitude about that and how his body was feeling after coming off major hip surgery

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And the guy is known to hit a walk-off or two ... or more than that. He was the NL batting champion in 2012, and holds many accomplishments to his resumé. 

The trio joins the historic names of Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols and Ted Williams on the list. 

Talk about great company. 

How Oracle Park would look if left, right field features were flipped

How Oracle Park would look if left, right field features were flipped

We’re doing the best we can during an unprecedented time in baseball. That means, doing some things just for fun. 

MLB Cathedral on Twitter wanted to shake things up and give a photo overview of what Oracle Park could look like if it were shifted. That means the typical backdrop of the mitt and the Coca-Cola sign would be behind right field, with a lot of open space into the Bay on the left-field side:

That means when Giants' legend Barry Bonds would approach the plate, and hit all the home runs he did. 

Would he have been as successful with all of the extra objects in his way? More than likely yes. 

The best part is, we would still be able to see those fighting tooth and nail to snag one of his home run balls at McCovey Cove. Both in their kayaks, and without.

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These changes won’t be happening to Oracle Park, but the team did announce the construction of some actual outfield changes for the upcoming season.

The bullpens will be moving from foul territory to the outfield which will cut down Triples Alley from 421 to 415 feet.

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The bullpens will now be in center field on both sides of the garden.

Not quite the overall shift as portrayed in the MLB Cathedral post, but at least with the real changes, the lefties benefit.