NLCS Game 6: Giants lineup versus Roy Oswalt

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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.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.