Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Roy Halladay:
1. Andres Torres, CF
2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
3. Aubrey Huff, 1B
4. Buster Posey, C
5. Pat Burrell, LF
6. Cody Ross, RF
7. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
8. Juan Uribe, SS
9. Tim Lincecum, P
Despite facing a right-hander last night and tonight, Bruce Bochy has made several changes to the Giants’ lineup for Game 5. Torres and Uribe are back in after being benched for Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria in Game 4, with Torres taking Renteria’s leadoff spot and Uribe replacing Rowand in front of the pitcher.
Bochy started Mike Fontenot at third base against Halladay in Game 1 of the series, but has opted to go with Sandoval at the hot corner this time around after he delivered a key hit last night.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.