DETROIT -- Reserving the right to change his mind, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that his selection of designated hitters for World Series games here will be made day by day.More
Bochy said that he'll consider factors such as the performance of Game 3 DH Hector Sanchez and how other Giants hitters have fared against Max Scherzer, Detroit's Game 4 starter, and Justin Verlander, who'll pitch Game 5 for Detroit if it's played.
Bochy explained that he batted the switch-hitting Sanchez eighth to separate left-handed batters Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford, which would prevent Detroit from summoning left-handed relievers Drew Smyly or Phil Coke to face back-to-back left-handed batters. Bochy said that he never considered dropping Blanco from seventh in the batting order to ninth, which conceivably would give the Giants consecutive leadoff hitters after the first time through the order. "I like the way Gregor's swinging," Bochy said of his left fielder, who entered Saturday batting .286 (2-for-7) for the Series. "I want to keep him where he was."Less