Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Phillies and right-hander Roy Oswalt:
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. Juan Uribe, 3B
8. Edgar Renteria, SS
9. Jonathan Sanchez, P
Nothing too surprising with Bruce Bochy’s lineup, as Juan Uribe starts over Pablo Sandoval at third base. Sandoval is batting .214 (3-for-14) during the postseason and has struggled to hit on the road all season long.
As you can see, with Sandoval out and Uribe and Edgar Renteria in, this lineup is predominantly right-handed. That’s potentially bad news. Roy Oswalt held right-handed batters to a .196 batting average and 578 OPS during the regular season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.