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


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.