The best of five series begins at 6:37 p.m. Saturday.
As is often the case, the mayor from each team has put a bet down on the outcome.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory are putting chili on the line.
Because the fire departments in both San Francisco and Cincinnati are known for their chilis, the bet involves a chili cook out.
The City’s team that loses in the playoffs will host a chili cook-off fundraiser at a local firehouse in the winning town with the proceeds benefitting the winning City’s youth programs.
"San Francisco is lit up in Giants Orange again and the entire City stands behind our Giants as they make another exciting run for the title," said Mayor Lee. "While I enjoy the chili dished up at our Fire Houses, I’ll instead be seeing the fine firefighters of Cincinnati serving it up to support our City’s youth and recreational programs!"
Mayor Mallory responded with a little trash talk.
"The Reds have thrilled us all summer with a magical season, and now, Cincinnati is fired up for postseason baseball," said Mayor Mallory. "I sure hope San Francisco chili is as good as Mayor Lee says it is, that way it raises lots of money for Cincinnati’s youth, after the Reds send the Giants packing in the first round."
Either way the youth of one city or another is going to be the winner.