SAN FRANCISCO -- The last time the Reds reached the postseason in 2010, they were unceremoniously swept in three games by the Phillies. For the 2012 version, Reds manager Dusty Baker believes his team is better equipped to handle the bigger stage.
"I think we have more experience," Baker said. "It's a different team. It's a more mature team."
Of the 25 players on the National League Division Series roster vs. the Giants, 18 have had previous postseason experience -- and 13 played on the 2010 team, including Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips and Ryan Hanigan. Scott Rolen was also on the club and has won a World Series with the Cardinals in 2006. Five other players -- Ryan Ludwick, Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton, Dioner Navarro and Wilson Valdez -- have had postseason experience elsewhere.
"I think that experience, pitching in an atmosphere like this and playing in an atmosphere like this, is big," said Marshall, who was with the Cubs playoff teams of 2007 and '08. "I remember being very nervous before the games were starting. This time around, I don't feel the nerves I felt the first two times. I'm sure I'm in the same boat as the other players, where you kind of know what to expect."
The Reds coaching staff has had 207 games of experience as players, managers and coaches.