Crawford could start vs. lefties in postseason

Crawford could start vs. lefties in postseason

Crawford could start vs. lefties in postseason
LOS ANGELES -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy hinted that shortstop Brandon Crawford, who has established himself as a defensive asset, might start in the Division Series against left-handers as well as right-handers.

Asked Monday about that possibility, Bochy said, "I'm not going to answer that right now. There's a good chance of it, though."

The left-handed-batting Crawford typically is replaced by right-handed-swinging Joaquin Arias when the Giants oppose a left-handed starter. That's primarily due to Arias' .304 batting average against left-handers. Crawford entered Monday with a .248 average overall, which includes .245 off right-handers and .257 against lefties. Since the All-Star break, he's batting .349 (15-for-43) off lefties.

Cincinnati, one of the Giants' possible Division Series foes, does not have a left-hander among its top five starters. Washington features three: Gio Gonzalez, Ross Detwiler and John Lannan.