In 2012, seven pitchers started a game for the Giants, including Yusmeiro Petit for one start and Eric Hacker for another one. In 2015, the odds are at least decent that the Giants will have seven starters by the end of April. Matt Cain is officially on the DL for his flexor strain, retroactive to April 3, and Chris Heston was recalled to take his spot in the rotation, starting against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Heston has a World Series ring, don't forget, appearing in almost as many Giants games last season as Dan Uggla. He first appeared in a Dodgers game you probably turned off by the fifth inning, then appeared in another Dodgers game you probably turned off by the fourth inning.
Heston finally got a chance to start on the final game of the regular season against the Padres, throwing four innings and allowing three runs, with two walks and two strikeouts.
I say hit him seventh.
Heston threw 15 innings in the Cactus League with a 2.40 ERA, striking out 10 and walking one. Tim Lincecum, previously considered to make his start two days earlier, will start on Friday, as planned.