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Giants to face rotation dilemma in World Series

Oct 23, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

Ryan Vogelsong Reuters

With plenty of time to set things up, the Tigers have already announced their rotation for the World Series (Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and then Max Scherzer). The Giants have some decisions to make.

Here’s one guess at how it could go:

Game 1: Wednesday – Barry Zito – four days’ rest
Game 2: Thursday – Ryan Vogelsong – three days’ rest

Game 3: Saturday – Matt Cain – four days’ rest
Game 4: Sunday – Tim Lincecum – eight days’ rest
Game 5: Monday – Barry Zito – four days’ rest

Game 6: Wednesday – Ryan Vogelsong – five days’ rest
Game 7: Thursday – Matt Cain – four days’ rest

By starting Vogelsong in Game 2, the Giants would essentially be making the same compromise the Yankees did in the ALCS; it’s the one way to guarantee that the team’s top two starters would get to pitch twice apiece in a seven-game series. And as disastrous as the ALCS was the Yankees, the decision to start Hiroki Kuroda on three days’ rest in Game 2 actually worked out quite well, as he was brilliant in a losing cause.

The alternative for the Giants would be to start Lincecum or Madison Bumgarner in Game 2. Vogelsong would most likely start Game 4 in that scenario. It’d be his only start of the series unless the Giants elected to bring back both he and Cain on short rest for the final two games.

  1. tomemos - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    *bring back him

  2. darthicarus - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    As a Tigers fan, please start Lincecum in game 2.

    • doubleogator - Oct 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      Better watch what you wish for!!

      • darthicarus - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        I believe reliever Lincecum is more trouble than starter Lincecum based on recent performances.

    • ajcardsfan - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Careful, you could just catch him on one of his good days this season, and that will not end well for you.

  3. legacybroken - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Zito actually scares me in Game 1. Given the Tigers proclivity to get whooped by Fifth starters and our issues against lefty finesse guys is a concern for this Tiger fan. JV must come out hellbent on pitching 9 shutout innings.

  4. stex52 - Oct 23, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Seems to me that pitching your fourth against Verlander, who will be tough to beat no matter who faces him, is not a bad plan. Maybe that left-handed junk will keep them off balance.

  5. unlost1 - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    pitch Maddy & concede game one

    • blkahuna - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Bummy will be just fine. He’s not injured, his mechanics are fine and he’s got ice water in his veins. He was suffering from fatigue. At the end of a long season his arm was beat up, his velocity was down and he lost a lot of control.

      Lincecum took his last start so he’s now on about 10 days’ rest. I’m hoping for a repeat of game 5 of the 2010 World Series. MadBum’s going to be fine.

  6. pisano - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    The Tigers will have their hands full with the Giants, the Tigers are going to have a tough time closing games, and don’t think for one minute Phil Coke is going to be the savior. He had a lucky couple games against a Yankee team that couldn’t hit high school pitching.

  7. weaselpuppy - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Cain’s road ERA? 3.6
    Vogelsong’s road ERA? 3.9 and they’ll see 6 lefties in the lineup, while RV doesn’t have a big R/L split, Cain does….

    Verlander vs Zito? wipeout anywhere
    Fister vs Bumgarner? normally a wash but Bum has been SMOKED in his 2 playoff starts..Fister vs Lincecum @SF…wash

    Belt Blanco Crawford<Laird/Avila Peralta Infante
    Pagan Scutaro Pence< AJax Dirks Elmon (though I can see = here too…it's close)
    Panda Posey<Miggy Prince

    Only advantage SF has is in the pen, which they won't be getting to often, much like Detroit….

    Tigers in 5

    • stanfurdbites - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Well gee, I guess the Giants needn’t bother show up at all then. They might as well have given up and not gone thru the trouble of winning 6 straight elimination games.

  8. megl3155 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Of course I want my Tigers to win it all, but please please PLEASE! let me see some good baseball. That series with the Hankees sucked because I hate sweeps. Even when my team is doing the sweeping, I want to see competition and actual baseball.
    What the Hankees were doing in that series was NOT baseball.

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