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Giants to start Madison Bumgarner in World Series Game 2

Oct 23, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced earlier this evening that left-hander Barry Zito will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night against the Tigers. And now we can fill in most of the other slots.

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, left-hander Madison Bumgarner will be the starter in Game 2 and will be followed by Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain in Games 3 and 4.

Bumgarner was hammered for six earned runs over just 3 2/3 innings in his lone NLCS outing against the Cardinals and has posted a brutal 11.25 ERA and 2.13 WHIP in eight total innings this postseason. But the Giants are saying he has identified and corrected a mechanical flaw, and that he is feeling better physically after battling some lingering late-summer fatigue.

Tim Lincecum will be available in relief for the first four games. He could get a start if the series runs long.

Detroit’s World Series rotation goes Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez then Max Scherzer.

  1. dcbear90 - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Tigers in 5. They win both games in San Fran

    • adeedothatswho - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      Giants in five. Tigers win game three by a run on an error by….let’s go with the Panda.

      • dtownbeatdown - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:30 AM

        Zito will have thoughts of retirement after Detroit tears him up. Detroit in 6, two Justin Verlander wins, and JV’s first career hit, you heard it here first folks.

      • Marty - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        Verlander gets ripped tonight, and early. He stares with wonderment at the sky with his eyes closed in the 4th as he realizes how it feels to be an elite pitcher in the postseason, like Cliff Lee.

  2. btwicey - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    Verlander vs zito, one would argue thats a must win for Detroit.

  3. pinstripecameraman - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    This one is too easy. Verlander mows the Giants down in games 1 and 5. Giants manage a home win in game 2 but the Tigers, who haven’t won a series in 28 years, take games 3 & 4 at home to win this in 5 games.

  4. richwizl - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Tigers in five games; not that I care.

  5. 69jaredallen69 - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Nice call on Verlander dominating…next time I hope you just give me half the money you were gonna bet we’ll go out back and I’ll kick you in the nuts and we’ll call it a day

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