Gibson not ready to name NLDS rotation

Gibson not ready to name NLDS rotation

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has been playing his cards close to the vest when it comes to his postseason pitching rotation, but Tuesday he seemed to give an indication of the way he might be leaning.

It won't be a surprise to most D-backs fans.

Gibson was asked if it was too early to say if Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson would pitch Games 1 and 2 of the National League Division Series.

"That's a pretty good idea, but we haven't specifically talked about it," Gibson said. "I honestly don't know."

The way the rotation is aligned right now, it sets up perfectly for Kennedy in Game 1 and Hudson in Game 2. Veteran lefty Joe Saunders, who starts the season finale Wednesday would be in line for a Game 3 start.

"Trust me, I'll think it all out when it's time," Gibson said. "I really will. There's so many numbers to look at -- home and road, ground ball/fly ball, strikeout rates, what kind of lineups you're up against, who holds runners better. There's a lot of different things that I'll think about it. We'll talk it out and go."