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The Giants don’t plan to skip Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation

May 16, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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After Ryan Vogelsong was touched up for eight runs — six earned — on six hits and two walks over three innings last night against the Blue Jays, there was speculation that the Giants would skip him in the starting rotation, but manager Bruce Bochy isn’t ready to go there yet.

According to Andrew Baggarly of, Vogelsong and Bochy met today and it was decided that he will make his next scheduled start Monday against the Nationals. The struggling right-hander has volunteered to pitch out of the bullpen this weekend against the Rockies, so there’s a chance that things will change, but Bochy is willing to give him the opportunity to pitch his way out of his funk.

After posting a 3.05 ERA from 2011-2012, Vogelsong is dead-last among qualified starters this season with an 8.06 ERA. He has allowed 11 home runs in just 41 1/3 innings so far after giving up 17 in 189 2/3 innings last season and 15 in 179 2/3 innings in 2011.

  1. halladayslabia - May 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    You finally go with a story outside of the 10 teams that play in the AL and NL East, and it is a hit job about the worst pitcher in baseball.

    • duckthefodgers - May 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Hes more valuable Halladay right now.

    • temporarilyexiled - May 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Fine trolling…at least I hope you’re trolling…for your sake.

      Bochy has forgotten more than I’ll ever know, so I’ll give this continuing non-move the benefit of the doubt. The fact that the Giants are thin after their starting five is another obvious clue.

      With the exception of Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ rotation has had major pitch location issues.

      Lincecum and Zito have been exciting to say the least. You just don’t know what you’re going to get from start to start.

      With Cain you do know. He’s going to hang sliders. And maybe he’ll weather each storm.

      We’ll see whether the starters can regain their command even though they’ve all pitched an awful lot of important innings in the last few years.

      If so, the Giants will yet again kick more ass, as their offense is the best it’s been in years.

      If not, they probably still win the division, but get handed their lunch in the first playoff round.

  2. billyboots - May 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    “Vogelsong is dead-last among qualified starters this season with an 8.06 ERA.”

    So, I really hope that should read “NL starters” because if Vogelsong is worse than Phil Humber, maybe Bochy’s leash is a little too long.

    • eightyraw - May 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Phil Humber is not a qualified starter. The statement is entirely correct.

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