Colorado's lefties could limit Belt, Crawford

Colorado's lefties could limit Belt, Crawford

Colorado's lefties could limit Belt, Crawford
DENVER -- First baseman Brandon Belt and shortstop Brandon Crawford, both left-handed batters, were on the bench Friday as the Giants opposed left-hander Jonathan Sanchez in the opener of three-game series against Colorado.

The Rockies plan on throwing two more lefties, Jeff Francis and Christian Friedrich, against the Giants. But manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Belt and Crawford will start at least once during the series. Bochy added that they'll likely appear as substitutes when they don't start.

"They're going to play," Bochy said, though he didn't back himself into a corner in case first baseman Brett Pill and shortstop Joaquin Arias, both right-handed batters who started Friday, thrive at the plate. "I have the right to change my mind, too."

Platoon splits haven't affected Belt (.232 against righties, .254 off lefties) and Crawford (.233 off righties, .226 against lefties) that much. Pill actually has performed like a "reverse platoon" player (.250 off righties, .188 against lefties). Arias (.304 against lefties, .198 off righties) has been more typical.