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Bruce Bochy confirms Giants’ rotation for World Series

Oct 25, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

Tim Lincecum pitches

Giants manager Bruce Bochy just confirmed his starting rotation for the World Series against the Rangers.

Courtesy of Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury, Tim Lincecum will start Game 1 on Wednesday, while Matt Cain pitches Game 2 on Thursday and Jonathan Sanchez starts Game 3 on Saturday.

Lincecum was a no-brainer to start Game 1 against Cliff Lee, despite his relief appearance on Saturday night. The big change is that Sanchez, who started Game 2 of the NLCS against the Phillies, is being pushed back to Game 3.

According to Bochy, Sanchez’s clunker of an outing in Game 6 wasn’t the reason for the change.

“Matt hasn’t thrown in a while. He’s ready and Johnny just threw. We’re excited wherever we put these guys.”

By the way, Bochy said he didn’t consider replacing Sanchez with Barry Zito. Sorry, Peter. Madison Bumgarner is lined up to start Game 4 on Sunday night.

  1. apbaguy - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Cain is definitely stronger in SF, while the two lefties in Texas minimize the Rangers left handed power, but do play into the deadly Guerrero/Cruz combination at 4 and 5 in the lineup.

    The Rangers starting two lefties in SF will put pressure on the Giants as right is the easier homerun field in AT&T, provided the ball is pulled.

    Both managers attempted to optimize their pitching to the ball parks and the situations, and the Cliff Lee/ Tim Lincecum matchup has all kinds of potential. Very exciting.

    • seeingwhatsticks - Oct 26, 2010 at 5:45 AM

      Just to let you know, right is definitely NOT the easier home run field in AT&T. Bonds did it for years and made it look easy but it is very hard to pop one out to right, especially as you move towards right-center. There have been 55 splash hits by the Giants in 10 years there, and Bonds probably had 45 of them (and he hasn’t played in 3 years, or 30% of the park’s existence). Left field is pretty fair in that a home run in most parks gets out to left in AT&T, but that is not the case in right. You’ll see some balls that are home runs in most parks go off the wall or even be caught if they are hit too far towards center. The distance is short to the corner but the wind pattern, cool air, and high wall make it very difficult. There are no cheap home runs to right at AT&T.

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