Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Cliff Lee:
1. Andres Torres, CF
2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
3. Buster Posey, C
4. Pat Burrell, LF
5. Cody Ross, RF
6. Aubrey Huff, 1B
7. Juan Uribe, 3B
8. Edgar Renteria, SS
9. Tim Lincecum, P
Tonight is just the second time this postseason that the Giants have faced a left-handed starting pitcher. They beat Cole Hamels in Game 3 of the NLCS and as he did then manager Bruce Bochy has moved Posey from the cleanup spot to No. 3 in the lineup. Burrell and Ross also move up one spot apiece from their usual places, with the left-handed-hitting Huff dropping from third to sixth.
Torres is healthy enough to start after injuring his hip and groin diving into first base in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday. He’ll lead off, with Aaron Rowand on the bench. Pablo Sandoval is also on the bench in favor of Uribe at third base.
During the regular season San Francisco ranked 11th among NL teams with a .716 OPS against left-handers and the Giants have had a total of just 52 at-bats versus lefties in 10 playoff games.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.