Here is the opening to my Friday column about the Giants and their problematic starting rotation:


Here’s the news part of this column. Matt Cain will start Game1 at AT&T Park on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds. That already was known.

Before Thursday’s workout, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told media that Madison Bumgarner will start Game2 on Sunday.

“That’s where we’re going to leave it at right now,” Bochy said. “We’ll announce the rest of the rotation a little later.”

My antennae started twitching at that point. I mean, he wouldn’t say who will pitch in Cincinnati.

“Do you mind if I point something out?” I said.

“Sure,” Bochy said.

“I like to compare and contrast. Two years ago, we pretty much knew what your rotation was at this point. So what’s different?”

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