As reported by CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum will be in the starting rotation when the postseason begins. He just won't be in the normal position he's accustomed to filling when the postseason rolls around.
With a 10-15 record and 5.18 ERA, Lincecum has not pitched like the Lincecum of old. Matt Cain has taken over as the team's ace and will most likely get the ball in Game 1 of their first playoff series.
It doesn't matter much to Lincecum.
"As long as I'm included," Lincecum said.
Lincecum learned from the team that he will be in the rotation somewhere against the Cincinnati Reds or Washington Nationals in the NL Divisional series.
"You've got to go with the guys who've been having great years and obviously Bumgarner, Vogelsong, Cain obviously, are going to be the guys, but if I can just find my way in there and just do what I can when I can, that's all that matters to me."
Barry Zito also figures into the playoff rotation as well. One thing the Giants don't have to worry about is having options, which is a good thing.
The Giants are the National League West champions and finish the regular season with a three-game series against the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers.