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Giants switch up rotation

Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:03 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:11 am
The Giants have announced they will move Jonathan Sanchez up to pitch in Game 2 of the NLCS, showing confidence in Sanchez and breaking up their left-handed and right-handed starters.

In the first round, right-hander Tim Lincecum was followed by fellow righty Matt Cain, then lefties Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner. This time Sanchez will pitch second, followed by Cain. Bumgarner is the likely Game 4 starter, though that is not official.

Sanchez was outstanding in his NLDS start against Atlanta, allowing one run on two hits through 7 2/3 innings.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:10 am

Giants switch up rotation

Just on the strength of mixing up looks, righty, lefty, righty, lefty it makes a whole lot of sense. Sanchez has been tough and so has baumgardner. If you can get two good looks at a win and possibly be up 2-0 with Cain arguably the best pitcher down the stretch. Beside his playoff start he has been nails. Now if he can have a good game and go up 3-0 the series would be all but over. No pressure scenario for Baumgardner who has played more like a 10yr vet than a rookie. Good move.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 8:43 am

Giants switch up rotation

Very smart move by Bochy, but this is a no brainer.  Cain was tagged for 5 ER's in 6 innings in his only start (a loss) vs the Phils (in Philly) in August.  On the other hand (no pun intended), Sanchez beat the Phils both times he faced them this year; the last of which was in Philly in August. He held them to 1 run on 2 hits over 8 innings.

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