SF Giants: How Does Bruce Bochy Set Up the Pitching Staff for the Playoffs?

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SF Giants: How Does Bruce Bochy Set Up the Pitching Staff for the Playoffs?
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Bruce Bochy must decide on his starting rotation for round-one of the playoffs

The San Francisco Giants are steaming towards the playoffs and their first-round matchup against either the Washington Nationals or Cincinnati Reds. Giants' manager Bruce Bochy has a tough decision to make regarding how he sets up his starting pitching rotation.

The Giants plan to use four starters among Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito. Who will be the odd-man out?

In addition to that first question, in what order will Bochy start the remaining four?

We can be fairly certain that the Giants will be the third seed in the NL playoffs, which means they will play the first two games at home and the remaining games on the road.

Will the Giants' specific opponent have any influence on Bochy's decision?

Let's take a closer look at who should be in the starting rotation and in what order they should pitch. How Bochy ultimately decides to put this together could very well determine the Giants' fate in the playoffs.

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