Oct 24, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) San Francisco Giants pitcherRyan Vogelsong
in the outfield before game three of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Almost immediately after the ballgame, it was announced by Bruce Bochy that it would be Ryan Vogelsong making the start for Saturday’s game. The news came after a long day of debate over who would be the game four starter. It was suggested that Madison Bumgarner could start the game tomorrow on short rest, the plan being that he should be available for a game seven start as well.
Vogelsong pitched in the 2012 World Series, going 5 2/3 innings while shutting down the Tigers. Unfortunately his last start in these playoffs did not see much success, going only three innings against the Cardinals while giving up four earned runs. The Giants did end up winning that game, but Vogelsong struggled to find command.
Obviously, this will be a very crucial start for Vogelsong, with the Giants now down 1-2 to the Royals. With little room for error, the Giants’ suddenly dormant offense will also need to provide support for Vogelsong and the rest of the pitching staff. Vogelsong fell victim to a lack of run support this season, however the Giants have compiled 9 runs in his 2 playoff starts this year.
Bochy in his postgame press conference sounded confident in giving Vogelsong the start. However, should Vogelsong struggle in the game, Yusmeiro Petit will be available. Petit was last used in Vogelsong’s NLCS start, going three innings while only giving up a hit and a walk.