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Giants hand NLCS Game 2 nod to Jonathan Sanchez

Oct 13, 2010, 9:23 PM EDT

We now have Championship Series rotations for three of the four involved teams. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel refused to name Roy Halladay as his Game 1 starter Monday, but that should change by Thursday morning. The Yankees' ALCS rotation is HERE. And the Rangers' can be found...

We now have Championship Series rotations for three of the four involved teams.  Phillies manager Charlie Manuel refused to name Roy Halladay as his Game 1 starter Monday, but that should change by Thursday morning.

The Yankees’ ALCS rotation is HERE.  And the Rangers’ can be found HERE.

The Giants, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, announced their NLCS pitchers late Wednesday evening.

Tim Lincecum is the no-brainer pick for Game 1 at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.  He delivered one of the most dominant postseason performances of all time in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves, striking out 14 batters while allowing only two hits over a complete-game shutout.  The 26-year-old didn’t have the greatest regular season, but he’s capable of handling any lineup on any night in any ballpark.

Jonathan Sanchez will take on the Phillies in Game 2.  The 27-year-old took a no-hitter into the sixth inning during his lone NLDS start against Atlanta and was brilliant throughout the regular season.  Matt Cain drew the Game 2 start last series but Sanchez has missed more bats this year and is the better fit for the tiny confines in Philadelphia.

Cain will go in Game 3, and might be followed in Game 4 by 21-year-old Madison Bumgarner.

The Giants easily have the weakest lineup of the four teams remaining, but their starting rotation is as dangerous as any.  The Phillies weren’t exactly explosive at the plate in the first round.

  1. Route36West - Oct 13, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    but there still the Phillies with 1 of the best lineups from top to bottom in baseball… everyone 1 thru 8 is dangerous

  2. LOOK AT THAT HORSE - Oct 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Yeah, their starting rotation is as dangerous as the Phillies….give me a break.

  3. Marklar - Oct 14, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    great move by Bochy. Pretty sure Sanchex beat Philly twice this season so the move makes sense. If the Giants can scratch out more than 2 runs a night I love their chances

  4. Lrd_ Chestrfield - Oct 14, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Sanchez owns the Phillies line-up. This makes Game one all that more important now for the Phils.
    I suspect that Charlie will announce his rotation during his radio show today on 610WIP.

  5. adam - Oct 14, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    1-4 the Giants rotation is better than Phillies. 1-3 Philly has the edge but not by much. That’s why Craig said “as dangerous as any.”

  6. El Rayo X - Oct 14, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Pitching – draw (Bumgarner is pitching really well right now)
    Defense – Phils (narrowly)
    Offense – Phils (duh)
    Scrappiness – Giants
    Seems that one of two things is going to happen – the Phils are going to find their bats again (Phils in 4), or not (Giants in 7).
    Either way, I don’t see a lot of blowouts happening, it will probably be a bunch of tight, exciting games (like the SF-ATL series), with great pitching and wins coming on breaks and managing.
    I know that, end to end, the Phils are the better team – but the Giants are pretty scrappy, and if the scores are low, it could be a pretty crazy series.

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