Behind MadBum, Giants to utilize same rotation

Ace lefty to be followed by Peavy, Hudson, Vogelsong in World Series vs. Royals

Behind MadBum, Giants to utilize same rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Having stuck with one pitching rotation in the Giants' first two postseason series, manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he'll maintain his current sequence of starters for the World Series beginning Tuesday in Kansas City (4:30 p.m. PT airtime, 5:07 first pitch).

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, the Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series against St. Louis, will start Tuesday's opener on his regular four days' rest. He'll be followed by Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson -- who'll pitch Game 3, the first one at AT&T Park -- and Ryan Vogelsong.

  Date     Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 21     SF 7, KC 1 video
Gm 2 Oct. 22     KC 7, SF 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 24     KC 3, SF 2 video
Gm 4 Oct. 25     SF 11, KC 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 26     SF 5, KC 0 video
Gm 6 Oct. 28     KC 10, SF 0 video
Gm 7 Oct. 29     SF 3, KC 2 video

In 10 postseason games, Giants starters have recorded a 2.40 ERA while limiting opponents to a 0.99 WHIP and a .207 batting average.

Though Bochy didn't say so, Bumgarner almost surely would return for Game 5 at AT&T Park next on Oct. 26, if it's necessary.

Asked whether he considered moving Yusmeiro Petit into the rotation, Bochy pointed out that the right-hander is so valuable in his current role that moving him out of it seems risky.

"He's a great swingman," Bochy said of Petit, who pitched six shutout innings in Game 2 of the NL Division Series at Washington before working three more scoreless innings against St. Louis in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.