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Giants: Lincecum Game 1, Cain and Sanchez flip

Posted on: October 25, 2010 10:33 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who has made all the right moves so far this postseason, is flip-flopping Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez in the club's World Series rotation.

Moving away from Philadelphia's left-heavy lineup, Bochy is slotting the right-handed Cain in for the Game 2 start, with Sanchez starting Game 3 in Texas.

Tim Lincecum, as expected, will start Game 1 on Wednesday night against the Rangers' Cliff Lee.

The Giants lined up with Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez against Atlanta in the Division Series. But in the NL Championship Series, they went Lincecum, Sanchez, Cain and rookie Madison Bumgarner. Bochy wanted the lefty Sanchez to pitch Game 2, partly to break up his righties and lefties in the rotation and partly so that Cain, a fly ball pitcher, would not be exposed to the home-run trap that can be Citizens Bank Park.

Like Philadelphia's park, the Ballpark in Arlington is notoriously friendly to hitters who launch fly balls, and that probably factored in to the Giants' thinking. One reason Bochy voiced: Cain last started before Sanchez, back on Oct. 19, and he wants to get the big right-hander back on the mound.

Cain's reaction?

"We'll start it out with Timmy against Cliff, and then we'll go to the next game," the mellow righty said.

As for pushing Sanchez back, it's got nothing to do with the lefty's rough (two-innings-plus) start in Philadelphia in Game 6.

"The guy had a hiccup," Bochy said. "We're here because of what Jonathan Sanchez did down the stretch. He had an off night. It's going to happen."

"It doesn't matter," Sanchez said of when he pitches. "You're just going to pitch one game. I've just got to throw a bullpen when I have to."

The way things set up now, Sanchez could pitch Games 3 and 7, but he said he hasn't thought about that.

"We'll see what happens," Sanchez said.

As for Lincecum, as he made adjustments following his rough August, he mostly stopped throwing between-starts bullpen sessions. Of his three-batter relief outing in Game 6 of the NLCS, Lincecum said he did not -- and will not -- do any extra bullpen work.

So the relief appearance serves as his between-starts bullpen session?

"I suppose," he said.


Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:32 am

Giants: Lincecum Game 1, Cain and Sanchez flip

i think its pretty simple why. Game 1 is a toss up with Lincenum going up against Lee. Even if they lose a 0-1 deficit is completely managable. Cain gives them a MUCH better chance to either even up the series or go into a game 3 at 2-0 than sanchez will.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:15 am

Giants: Lincecum Game 1, Cain and Sanchez flip

Cain gives a much better chance of being up 2-0 than Sanchez. Not taking away from Sanchez, he had a great season and is one of the most underrated pitchers in the league.That's a formidable 1-2-3, not something you see much of in the major leagues any more.
Should be a great series. Far more interesting than anything I've seen from the NFL this season...

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