When San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy announced his starting rotation for the first four games of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum was not on the list.
The news certainly came as a surprise to many, especially considering Bumgarner's recent performances—an 11.25 ERA in two postseason starts.
On the other hand, Lincecum wasn't effective in his lone start, ether—allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings in Game 4 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Did Bochy make the right call?
Here are five reasons why Bumgarner starting Game 2 is the right call.