#SFGiants Playoff Rotation = ?
There are a lot of acceptable answers to the question “How would you organize the playoff rotation of the San Francisco Giants?” You can consider a lot of statistics, recent games, and all the other yada yada. I’m going to give you three extra sets of data to consider: wOBA against vs. LHH/RHH and Home/Away, HR against vs. LHH/RHH and Home/Away, and wOBA against by month. To the numbers!
Not a huge surprise these guys have all had more favorable outcomes at home, but based off of these numbers alone, I’d say Vogelsong is your #3.
Everyone but Vogelsong has given up double digit HR on the road. More Vogelsong for #3. For the record, I believe the Nationals have a scarier set of RHH than the Reds do, as you take a look at the high number of long balls given up to the RHH.
What I’d give for those April or June numbers to all come back for October. Every starter has had a month under .300 wOBA against except for Lincecum. In the world of “what have you done for me lately” Zito hasn’t looked horrible, and Vogelsong has pitched well against the Padres, but he’s still not the 2011 pitcher we got to know. I’m not even sure there’s a clear-cut answer for who starts Game 1, because if you go Barry Zito for Game 3, do you care that you have two LHP going in a row? I get the feeling Bochy will care.
For me right now, I go Cain-Bumgarner-Zito-Lincecum with Vogelsong being ready to go in both Games 3 and 4, but that’s just me, and I doubt Bochy does the same thing as me. Remember, I think there are a lot of right answers, and my opinion on the order is certainly subject to change, because baseball happens. Would imagine we’ll get the announcement of who starts when soon.