SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants rookie Hector Sanchez would appear to be manager Bruce Bochy's leading designated-hitter option for World Series Games 3 through 5 in Detroit. But installing the switch-hitter in the lineup would be accompanied by some risk.
The Giants would leave themselves exposed if Sanchez were the DH and regular catcher Buster Posey left the game due to an injury. Sanchez could catch, but the Giants would forfeit the right to use a DH. In that event, the pitcher would have to bat -- as he does in National League games.For that reason, Bochy said that he and his staff considered adding backup catcher Eli Whiteside to the 25-man World Series roster and dropping a pitcher. But the Giants decided to stick with the same roster that won the Division Series and LCS, reasoning that third baseman Pablo Sandoval could function as an emergency catcher if necessary. Since Detroit will be using exclusively right-handed starters, Bochy's DH is likely to be a left-handed batter, such as Aubrey Huff, or a switch-hitter such as Sanchez or Sandoval. Joaquin Arias would play third base if Sandoval serves as DH. Another possibility is Ryan Theriot, who bats right-handed but hit a respectable .269 against right-handers in the regular season. Sandoval, Sanchez and Huff hit .276, .266 and .203, respectively, off righties. Giants DHs hit .200 (7-for-35) with one RBI during the regular season.
Giants president appreciates playoff history
SAN FRANCISCO -- One of Larry Baer's first baseball memories is listening to the Tigers and Cardinals in the 1968 World Series, a transistor radio hooked up to broadcast out to the schoolyard, so it's with special reverence that he and the Giants welcome the Tigers to town for the 2012 World Series.As the Giants' president and CEO stood on the field at AT&T Park before Wednesday's Game 1, he recognized the Tigers as a franchise with layers of history behind this trip to the Fall Classic -- along with the Giants, and for that matter the other LCS competitors, the Cardinals and Yankees. "To me, the Tigers are the World Series, and day baseball, that's how I think of them," Baer said. "I think it's kind of cool that the four final teams were four of the most venerable teams in the sport. What goes with that is brands and generational following." A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Baer has enjoyed the wild ride this Giants team has taken on the way to the franchise's second World Series appearance in three years and fifth since moving to San Francisco in 1958. What wasn't looking so likely earlier in the season and was less than certain in each of the first two playoff series has become reality: The Giants are back in the game's greatest showcase. "We were a low-probability team, perhaps, because we had a lot people that were counted on that didn't play this year and we'd gotten behind early and the Dodgers spending a lot of money and all that," Baer said. "But I think one reason this team has been so attractive to our fans is that there's this hunger. ... You can knock them down, but you can't beat them."
It's been pointed out that if Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Giants catcher Buster Posey win the American and National League Most Valuable Player Awards, respectively -- the results of the voting by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America won't be announced until December -- this will be the first time the MVPs of their respective leagues have met in the World Series since 1988. But how about this? Cabrera and Posey both won batting titles this season, which makes it the first time batting average leaders have faced off since 1954: Willie Mays (.345) for the New York Giants and Bobby Avila (.341) for the Indians.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.