SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that he and the club's other decision-makers are considering numerous possibilities in discussing the composition of the Division Series pitching staff, up to and including a three-man starting rotation.
"I don't think you rule out anything," Bochy said Tuesday.
The Giants employed a four-man rotation (Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez) through the entire 2010 postseason. Bochy already has said that this year's postseason staff will include all five starters, though not all of them will remain in a starting role. Asked whether a starter could be moved to the bullpen on the basis of his perceived long-relief aptitude, despite perhaps deserving to start, Bochy said, "I think you look at all the variables."
The Giants are still weighing whether to rely on an 11-man pitching staff, as they did two years ago, or a 12-man contingent. Their lack of a full-time closer is a factor to consider in determining the staff's size.