The Giants now know they'll face the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS, and it's time for Bruce Bochy and he's staff to draft their names. Insider Andrew Baggarly takes a crack at the playoff roster.
Ryan Vogelsong is the only member of the Giants rotation not to have started a playoff game. His outing Wednesday certainly helped his cause.
Ryan Vogelsong didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and struck out seven, but the Dodgers pounced on the Giants' bullpen to hand Bruce Bochy's squad a 5-1 loss in the regular season finale.
Matt Cain lost only five starts all season, and two of them came against the Cincinnati Reds. But none of that matters now as the Giants prepare for a dangerous team led by former San Francisco manager Dusty Baker.
The Nationals' 5-1 win over the Phillies Wednesday clinches the top seed in the National League for Washington and sets up an NLDS matchup between the Giants and Reds, which starts Saturday at AT&T Park.
Tuesday nights tense environment at Dodger Stadium was the perfect Petri dish for Bruce Bochy and his bullpen -- so what did he learn?
Barry Zito will be on the playoff roster for the NLDS that begins Saturday. That much manager Bruce Bochy has confirmed. But when would he pitch? For now, Bochy declined to offer Zito more than plaudits.
Barry Zito made a strong pitch to be in the playoff rotation as he allowed two runs and struck out six in six innings to lead the Giants to a 4-3 win over the Dodgers, who are now no longer in postseason contention.
When discussing Buster Posey's athleticism, Bruce Bochy brought up an idea that's been popular among baseball scouts, which is that the catcher could move to third base in the future.
Matt Cain set career bests in ERA and strikeouts, but he said after Monday's game in Los Angeles that he won't be happy with those results unless it translates to another dominant postseason run.
Even though Buster Poseys back spasms were believed to be minor and his exit merely a precaution after eight innings, its no small thing when an injury involves the NLs leading MVP candidate.
Giants starter Matt Cain allowed two runs in five innings in his final regular season start and the Dodgers broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth to keep their slim postseason chances alive.
The Giants will almost certainly open the 2012 postseason at AT&T Park Saturday and Mr. Perfect will be on the mound. The rest of the Giants' playoff rotation is less settled, although Bruce Bochy has a Game 2 starter in mind.
The Giants have the NL west sewn up, but they can still knock the Dodgers out of the postseason in the final three games at Dodger Stadium.
Insider Andrew Baggarly has been with the Giants all season. So who better to break down the team three games before it begins its push for a second World Series title in the last three years.
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