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.