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Fan’s Preview: Will Ryan Vogelsong’s Start Earn Him a Spot in the Giants’ Postseason Rotation?

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In the home finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Barry Zito pitched six innings of three-run ball for his 14th win of the season and the Giants' 10th straight win in a game he has started. With consistency and success in August and September, Zito is earning his way into the fourth postseason rotation spot behind Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, and Tim Lincecum. With all five Giant starters going on the postseason roster, someone will be relegated to the bullpen.

Based off recent performance, it could be Ryan Vogelsong, today's starter against the San Diego Padres, who's left out of the bunch. While his last start against the Padres on September 21 was encouraging (one run allowed on five hits in six innings pitched), he has a 10.31 ERA in his last seven starts. A good outing against the Padres could help him secure the final playoff rotation spot.

In today's game, the Padres will use Andrew Werner for his second straight start against the Giants. On September 22, he lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowed five runs, and gave up big performances by Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence, and Marco Scutaro. Werner's losing performance was also the Giants' division-clinching win.

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will visit the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park located in San Diego, CA on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. PT. This will be the first game in a three-game series.

Season series:

Giants lead series 10-5.

Standings:

San Francisco comes into the matchup with a 91-65 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 43-32 when playing on the road and have won eight of their last 10 games.

San Diego enters the game with a 74-82 record and in fourth place in the National League West. They are 41-37 when playing at home and have won four of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

San Francisco: Ryan Vogelsong

2012 season: 13-9, 3.58 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 147 Ks

Career numbers vs. Padres: 2-3, 6.51 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 35 Ks

Career numbers at PETCO Park: 0-2, 20.25 ERA, 3.56 WHIP, 9 Ks

San Diego: Andrew Werner

2012 season: 2-2, 4.64 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 31 Ks

Career numbers vs. Giants: 0-1, 12.27 ERA, 2.45 WHIP, 3 K

Career numbers at PETCO Park: 2-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 20 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched and heard live locally at the following:

In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD & KNBR 680

In San Diego: FSSD, FSSD-SL & XPRS 1090

Lineups:

San Francisco: CF Angel Pagan, 2B Marco Scutaro, 3B Pablo Sandoval, C Buster Posey, RF Hunter Pence, LF Xavier Nady, 1B Brandon Belt, SS Brandon Crawford, P Ryan Vogelsong

San Diego: SS Everth Cabrera, RF Will Venable, 3B Chase Headley, 1B Yonder Alonso, LF Chris Denorfia, CF Cameron Maybin, C John Baker, 2B Andy Parrino, P Andrew Werner

Sources:

Padres aim for good showing vs. division champs, MLB.com

Giants-Padres Preview, AP

Giants lineup: Nady gets shot to bolster spot on playoff roster, CSN Bay Area

Barry Zito News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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