Manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn’t anticipate the Giants making any changes to their roster for the World Series, meaning right-hander Tim Lincecum will be active against the Kansas City Royals.
Lincecum was the only player on the Giants’ 25-man roster not to appear in the National League Championship Series and has not pitched in the postseason. But Bochy said today that the Giants still see value in having Lincecum available out of the bullpen.
Bochy cited Game 2 of the N.L. Division Series, which the Giants won in 18 innings in Washington. Lincecum would have come in for the bottom of the 18th, replacing Yusmeiro Petit, had the Giants not taken a lead in the top of the inning on Brandon Belt’s home run.
“When you get in the postseason, there’s probably going to be a guy, maybe two guys, that don’t get a lot of work,” Bochy said. “But it doesn’t mean he may not play a key role.”
Bochy said the plan had been for Lincecum to pitch to live hitters during the Giants’ team workout at AT&T Park on Saturday, but the right-hander arrived with a stiff neck.
“I don’t think it’s serious,” Bochy said. “I think he’ll be fine tomorrow.”
Bochy also named his starting rotation for the Series. The Giants will stick with the same rotation they have used throughout the playoffs —Madison Bumgarner in Game 1, followed by Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong.
Vogelsong had a rough outing against St. Louis in his lone NLCS start, but Bochy said there was little thought of replacing Vogelsong in the rotation with Petit. Petit has pitched nine innings of scoreless relief in two postseason outings, and Bochy said the Giants value the right-hander in that long-relief role.
Petit threw three innings in relief of Vogelsong in the Giants’ win in Game 4 of the NLCS – another instance when Bochy said Lincecum could have come into play, had that game gone into extra innings.
“You can’t ever have enough pitching and experience,” Bochy said. “I think about Timmy, trust me, and the fact that he hasn’t been in there. I haven’t forgotten what he’s done for us, what he could do for us. So far it’s worked out well, but still I’d like to get him to be a part of it.”