DENVER -- For more reasons than one, Giants manager Bruce Bochy won't counter the Los Angeles Dodgers by shuffling his starting rotation, as San Francisco's archrivals have done to improve their mound matchups.
By using rookie Carlos Frias as a sixth starter Wednesday against Washington, the Dodgers will be able to send their top three starters -- Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw -- against the Giants in their Sept. 12-14 series at AT&T Park.
Bochy doesn't feel compelled to do this. Barring changes, staff ace Madison Bumgarner already is scheduled to pitch the opener of that series. Besides, Bochy doesn't believe in juggling his rotation, since it essentially tells the starters who are pushed back that they're not trusted enough to appear in big games.
"I say this all the time: All five of our starters are throwing the ball well," Bochy said Monday.
Late in the 2010 regular season, Bochy switched Tim Lincecum and then-rookie Bumgarner. That would have enabled Lincecum to pitch a 163rd game if necessary, start the regular-season finale on short rest or pitch the Division Series opener, which is what happened. Bochy also moved up Matt Cain following a scheduled off-day so the right-hander could receive his normal four days' rest. But both moves were strategical rarities for Bochy.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.