It was not long after the St. Louis Cardinals came from well behind the Washington Nationals to win Game 5 of the NLDS that Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants announced their first two starters of the NLCS.
The Giants were presumably docked in Cincinnati waiting to know where they would be playing in the NLCS.
They found out they would be heading home to start the series on Sunday.
As expected, Madison Bumgarner will pitch Game 1 and Ryan Vogelsong will pitch Game 2 for the Giants.
For now, we know that Lance Lynn will be pitching in Sunday’s Game 1 for the Cardinals.
With Bumgarner and Vogelsong starting the first two games of the series, we can expect Matt Cain to pitch Game 3, as well as Tim Lincecum to pitch Game 4, although the decision of Lincecum or Zito is sure to be discussed throughout the next few days.
The seven-game NLCS series, which will start at AT&T Park on Sunday, will feature the last two teams to win the World Series.
The Giants won it all in 2010, while the Cardinals defied all odds by winning it last season and hope to repeat this season sans Albert Pujols.