Giants will use Michael Morse at DH, keep Travis Ishikawa in left field

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Throughout the playoffs the Giants have been using career first baseman Travis Ishikawa in left field rather than Michael Morse and that will apparently continue in the World Series.

Manager Bruce Bochy said today that Ishikawa will remain in left field and when the Giants are able to use a designated hitter in the four games played in Kansas City under AL rules–including Game 1 tomorrow night–it’ll be Morse at DH.

Morse has a ton of experience as an outfielder, playing nearly 1,700 career innings in left field, but he’s always rated very poorly in defensive metrics and has been less than full strength due to an oblique injury.

Morse has yet to start a game in the playoffs, but he hit .279 with 16 homers and an .811 OPS in 131 games during the regular season to rank second on the team in OPS behind only Buster Posey. If healthy he’s a huge addition to the lineup.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.