After missing the postseason last year, and thus a chance to defend their title, the San Francisco Giants are going back to the dance.
They'll player either the Washington Nationals (92-60) or the Cincinnati Reds (92-61) in the first round, unless the Giants (89-64) can get hot enough to overtake those two squads in the overall standings down the stretch.
The only roster decision that might be dependent on the opponent is the decision for the fourth spot in the rotation. If the opponent is the Reds, Giants manager Bruce Bochy may have to go with Ryan Vogelsong over Barry Zito, given that the Reds everyday lineup is predominantly right-handed.
If the Giants play a more balanced lineup, Zito may ultimately be the choice for the fourth rotation spot because he has pitched better than Vogelsong down the stretch, and Vogelsong would be a more effective option out of the bullpen.
Let's take a look at that decision, and the other looming roster decisions that Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean will have to make in formulating their postseason roster.