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Giants pick Ryan Vogelsong over Tim Lincecum for Game 3

Oct 7, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

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The Giants unleashed a curveball Sunday, announcing that Ryan Vogelgong would get the nod in Game 3 against the Reds over Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito.

This makes it possible that Lincecum will never pitch in the NLDS, as the Giants could well go to Matt Cain on three days’ rest if they extend the series to a Game 4. Cain threw just 75 pitches in ┬áSaturday’s loss to Cincinnati.

Vogelsong struggled mightily in August and early September, but he bounced back at the end, allowing three runs — one earned — over 17 innings in his final three starts to finish the season 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA.

Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, struggled throughout 2012, finishing 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA. He won three in a row to begin September, but he gave up 12 runs — 11 earned — and four homers in his last two starts. In his only previous postseason, he went 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA for the world champs in 2010.

Zito also had a case for the Game 3 start, given that the Giants won each of his final 11 regular-season starts. He ended the year 15-8 with a 4.15 ERA.

  1. skerney - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    why is there a photo of clay hensley? is unhappy with voglsong starting over lincecum? he looks puzzled.

    • skerney - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      sorry it’s ryan vogelgong in the photo. my bad.

    • foolmaker - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      No, that’s definitely Hensley.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    As would I. I don’t want Tim pitching anywhere near the ballpark in Cincinnati. With the way he has been pitching this year, he’ll give up a half-dozen bombs and the Giants will be screwed.

  3. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Think SF has seen enough of Timmy and ready to let him go? He’s definatly not worth $20MM with the decreasing velocity and increase in ERA, WHIP, and L’s.

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