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Giants predictably pick Matt Cain as Game 1 playoff starter

Oct 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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One of the nice things about clinching a playoff spot early is that you can line up your rotation optimally and the Giants are doing just that, with manager Bruce Bochy announcing that Matt Cain will start Game 1 of the NLDS.

When that will be and who that will be against isn’t known yet, but Cain getting the series-opening nod is obviously anything but a surprise.

Cain made his final regular season start last night against the Dodgers and was on a pitch count, exiting after five innings of two-run ball.

In addition to throwing a perfect game on June 13 he also started the All-Star game for the National League and finishes the season with a career-best 2.79 ERA and 193/51 K/BB ratio in 219 innings.

No official announcement has been made beyond Cain, but Madison Bumgarner figures to start Game 2 and the Giants have already said they’ll find spots for all five starters (Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito) on the playoff roster.

  1. xjokerz - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Zito…. *shakes head*…

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Sadly, this season Zito > Lincecum. Maybe they should try Timmy out for a one inning relief stint during these last two games to see if his stuff plays up. I can’t imagine them trusting him with a start in a playoff game at this point.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Dear San Francisco Giants,
    If you would be so kind to beat the Dodgers tonight we would be eternally grateful.
    We would rather NOT stay up until 1:A.M. again waiting to see if you won your game.
    With this in mind (and at the risk of asking too much), if you could score a few early runs and NOT allow them back in the game tonight…that would be even better.

    Respectfully,
    St. Louis Cardinals Fans

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