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Giants unlikely to make immediate rotation changes

May 19, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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The Giants lost their third game in a row, their fifth loss in their last six games as they went down 5-0 to the Rockies this afternoon. Starter Barry Zito labored into the sixth, allowing five runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings. It marks the sixth consecutive game in which Giants pitching has allowed five or more runs.

As for the starters specifically, Zito allowed eight (five earned) on Tuesday, Ryan Vogelsong allowed eight (three earned) on Wednesday, Matt Cain allowed six runs in 6.1 innings on Thursday, Madison Bumgarner allowed nine in 4.2 innings on Friday, and Tim Lincecum allowed six runs in five innings yesterday. Overall, the Giants’ collective 4.87 rotation ERA is the third-worst in the National League, better than only the Brewers and Padres.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly says that the Giants aren’t likely to make any immediate rotation changes. He does suggest keeping an eye on Mike Kickham, a 24-year-old lefty with Triple-A Fresno. While he has a 4.72 ERA in 47.2 innings, Baggarly notes his recent improvement:

He allowed one run (unearned) in six innings while striking out eight Saturday night. He’s 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA over his last four starts, with a 25-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Stuff-wise, Kickham brings a lot more to the table than right-hander Chris Heston, who has a 5.33 ERA through nine starts. A left-hander, Kickham can maintain low 90s velocity and has a pretty good slider.

I wouldn’t expect the Giants to bring up Kickham this week, or anything. Chad Gaudin remains the first option should the Giants decide to give one of their five starters a break.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 20, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    The Yankees have made a pact with Lucifer this season, so God went out and rained on their parade yesterday.

    • proudlycanadian - May 20, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      Oops Wrong thread. How did that happen?

      • abaird2012 - May 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Well, if you hadn’t made that mistake, nobody would have had ANYTHING to say about this thread.

      • APBA Guy - May 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Except that Giants fans have that grim look on their faces. We have a hipster sandwich place in our building, which attracts all the programmers from Sony and EA, and has stuff named “The Madison Bumgardner” or the “Barry B” and the extraordinary “Jamie Sirewich” named after a cute Comcast post game hostess. The snippets of conversation while waiting for the goodies to be prepared are revealing:

        “I was really hoping we could win it all again, ’cause we’re as good as the Yankees were.”

        “Cain will be fine, but I’m not sure about Lincecum”.

        “Vogelsong is done.”

        “As long as we finish ahead of the Dodgers.”

        “Scutaro is on fire.”

        Like death, there’s fear, resignation and acceptance: it’s really hard to win the WS. It’s really, really hard to repeat.

  2. shoesforallsays - May 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Good thing they have Zach Wheeler waiting in the wings. That kid should be ready soon, right?

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