In one of the more stunning reversals of fortune in recent Giants history, manager Bruce Bochy has picked Barry Zito to start Game 4 of the National League Division Series to try to save the team's season if Ryan Vogelsong and his mates can save it first in Game 3 Tuesday night.

Bochy announced the decision before the Giants held a light workout at chilly Great American Ball Park early Monday evening. They trail the best-of-five series two games to none and need to sweep three games in Cincinnati.

Bochy chose Zito over Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, who would have pitched on three days' rest for the first time in his career.

The mirror image of Zito's rise is Lincecum's fall.

With Vogelsong starting Game 3 and Zito a possible Game 4, Lincecum officially becomes the odd man out in the playoff rotation two years after teammates hoisted him in the air after he won the World Series clinching game in Texas - with Zito off the roster.

"I think you have to look at what Barry's done, how we have played the last 11 games that he pitched. He's really done a terrific job for us," Bochy said.

"He's been on top of his game and I think he's earned this. We all do. I was glad to be able to tell Barry that he's getting the start. When you win your last 11 games that a pitcher starts, it's a pretty good thing."