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Ryan Vogelsong will be surprised to learn his rotation spot is in jeopardy

May 10, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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After his latest poor start last night reporters asked Ryan Vogelsong if he expected to make his next turn in the Giants’ rotation and he responded: “Why wouldn’t I?”

They were asking because the 35-year-old has a 7.78 ERA in 39 innings and moments earlier in the same clubhouse manager Bruce Bochy was less than committed to keeping him locked in every fifth day, saying:

These are things we’ll talk about internally. Right now I’m not ready to discuss that. He’s healthy. We have options, we’ll leave it at that.

That’ll be news to Vogelsong and of course there’s an argument to be made that he’s been good enough for long enough that the Giants should give him an opportunity to work out of the slump. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com notes that at the very least the Giants could use an upcoming off day to bump back Vogelsong’s next start, although that would line him up to pitch next at Coors Field.

  1. eightyraw - May 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Been good enough for long enough? Giants were lucky that he didn’t pitch like Ryan Vogelsong for two years. It is simply amazing that Ryan Vogelsong performed as a slightly above-average starting pitcher for two seasons. Colby Lewis at least dominated Japan before coming back and excelling stateside.

  2. eightyraw - May 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    2000-2006: 315IP in the MLB, 0.2 fWAR, -2.9 RA9-Wins
    2007-2009: 213.2IP in the NPB, ERA above league average in all years, even when used as a RP in 2009
    2010: 95.1IP in AAA (Phillies and Angels systems), ERA above 4.50, FIP above 4.0

    Who would’ve predicted MLB success for this pitcher in 2011 and 2012? A dip in performance, especially considering his league average FIP these past two seasons, is far less shocking than the fact that Ryan Vogelsong made an MLB rotation (and helped win a World Series! and was named to Team USA for the WBC!) this decade.

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