Ryan Vogelsong, not Tim Lincecum, lined up to start Game 4 for Giants

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If the Giants aren’t able to finish off an NLDS sweep of the Nationals later this afternoon they’ll use Ryan Vogelgong to start Game 4 rather than turning to Tim Lincecum.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy also announced that Jake Peavy would start Game 5, if needed.

Lincecum is obviously the much bigger name and avoiding starting the former Cy Young winner in a playoff series would have seemed crazy not so long ago, but he had a 4.67 ERA as a starter this season and a combined 4.74 ERA as a starter from 2012-2014.

Vogelsong hasn’t been a whole lot better, but he did post a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts this season to bounce back from a horrendous 2013 campaign and Bochy seems more confident in his ability to avoid a truly disastrous outing against the Nationals.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.