Urban: Giants Rotation Change Surprising, Smart

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Urban: Giants Rotation Change Surprising, Smart

Sept. 29, 2010URBAN ARCHIVEGIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOMychael Urban
CSNBayArea.com

Provingonce again that you really have no idea what to expect from these guys, theGiants have decided to make a fairly dramatic change to their starting rotationfor the week, but its not the dramatic change for which most fans have beenclamoring.Thegeneral consensus after the series victory in Colorado, if sports-talk callers(and hosts) can be considered the general consensus, is that the prudent movewould have been to move Tim Lincecum from Thursday to Friday and Barry Zitofrom Friday to Thursday.Reasonbeing, such a switch would set up the Giants for a rotation of Lincecum, MattCain and Jonathan Sanchez -- their three best pitchers at present -- to face thePadres this weekend in the Series To End All Series.It makessense, too, because it wouldnt really affect anyones preparation all thatmuch. Moving Zito to Thursday would have meant hed be working on four days ofrest instead of five, and hes made about 85 percent of his career starts onfour days of rest. Thats the norm. HoldingLincecum back until Friday would have put him in line to pitch on six days ofrest instead of the five on which hes been working recently (thanks to thekind schedule makers that gave the Giants the last three Mondays of the seasonoff), and weve seen how well the Freak has responded to extra rest; this isthe best hes ever looked this late in the season.TheGiants threw everyone something of a bender, though, by announcing thatLincecum will throw Wednesday, not Friday, so hell be onregular rest -- four days, remember? against the Diamondbacks, then beavailable on regular rest again in the event of a one-game playoff.I likeit, for several reasons. One isthat I like Lincecum over anyone but Cain in a one-game playoff, and Cainsimply wont be physically available. Another is that the move gives MadisonBumgarner, a rookie pitching deeper into a season than ever, an extra day ofrest, giving him six before he worked the finale of the Arizona series.As forwhat this means for Zito, well, it means hes going to be under a high-poweredmicroscope Friday against the Padres, and hell be on a very short leash.Kind oflike every other start hes made in the past two months, right?

Giants lineup: Bochy makes no changes for finale against Mets

Giants lineup: Bochy makes no changes for finale against Mets

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Mets-Giants coverage begins at 12pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming right here.

A day after scoring two runs against the Mets, Bruce Bochy is using the same lineup Sunday against Rafael Montero.

New York Mets:
1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Rafael Montero (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Austin Slater (R) LF
9. Matt Moore (L) P

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.