DETROIT -- As he indicated earlier this week, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that he is leaning toward employing backup catcher Hector Sanchez as the Giants' designated hitter for the World Series games at Comerica Park."I could change my mind tonight, but to be honest, that's how I'm thinking right now," Bochy said. "He's a switch-hitter, and he's had a pretty good year with the bat when he's been out there."
Sanchez batted .280 with three home runs and 34 RBIs in 74 games this season. The 22-year-old rookie has gone 1-for-7 in three postseason appearances."I want to be on the field -- every inning, every play," Sanchez said. "I just want the opportunity, no matter what. If I'm the DH, I'll just try to help the team." DHs, particularly younger players such as Sanchez, sometimes struggle to occupy themselves between at-bats. Sanchez said that he'll probably retreat to the clubhouse area to stretch or run sprints.
"You have to be prepared for that situation," said Sanchez, who went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in his lone regular-season DH stint on June 24 at Oakland.The lone risk of using Sanchez as the DH is the chain reaction that would occur if 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.
Chilly Detroit weather won't affect Vogelsong
DETROIT -- The leaves -- the ones still clinging to tree branches -- will soon be brown. The forecast calls for a gray sky above Comerica Park all weekend.
Autumn has yet to concede to the icy hands of winter, but as the song by The Mamas & The Papas suggests, the Giants might be "California Dreaming" this weekend while persevering through chilly conditions.
Weather.com predicts a first-pitch temperature for Saturday's Game 3 (4:30 p.m. PT air time on FOX, 5:07 p.m. first pitch) of 46 degrees, though a steady breeze should make things a bit more brisk. A similar forecast is in store for Sunday, but should the Tigers force the series beyond four games, a cold, rainy Monday awaits.
The teams played amid comfortable temperatures in San Francisco, and were helped by a pair of 5 p.m. PT starts. Once the sun set by the bay, the Giants and Tigers still enjoyed temperatures in the mid- to upper-50s.
Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco's Game 3 hurler, doesn't anticipate being flustered by the blustery conditions.
"It's the World Series," Vogelsong said. "You can't be worried about how cold it is. I threw a game in Chicago last year where it was 34 degrees, and it was raining and sleeting, and I threw the ball pretty well that night. I don't suspect that cold weather is going to be much of an issue. If I am thinking about how cold it is, it means I'm not thinking about what I'm doing on the mound."
For the most part, the Giants avoided encounters with cold weather during their early-season slate. They toured Colorado and New York in April series with the Rockies and Mets, but enjoyed above-average temperatures. Even in Cincinnati in late April, the Giants benefitted from game-time temperatures in the 60s.
While the Giants might not be familiar with an arctic atmosphere, they'll be stepping foot on a field that has seen its fare share of frigidness. Temperatures for the first contest at Comerica Park on April 11, 2000, hovered around freezing, as snow flurries fell from above.
Nevertheless, both teams are at Mother Nature's whim and both must battle through whatever weather arises in Detroit.
"It's cold, but I mean, this is the World Series," Tigers skipper Jim Leyland said. "It's cold for everybody. It's cold for the fans, the beer is cold, everything is cold. It's great, enjoy it."
For Bochy, NL pride on the line in Fall Classic
DETROIT -- As a career-long National League man, manager Bruce Bochy admitted that he'd like to uphold the Senior Circuit's honor by guiding the Giants to a World Series title.The NL has won the last two Series, beginning with San Francisco's triumph over Texas in 2010. Before that, AL teams won 12 of the previous 18 Fall Classics. "I think when you represent the National League, you want to do well," Bochy said. "You want to make the League proud. But also, if you're a National League fan, you're going to do all you can to win. In fact, at the All-Star Game, I mentioned that last year, or two years ago. It's about pride, too, and you always do the best that you can."
Giants excel on road, but Tigers thrive at home
DETROIT -- This might not quite be an irresistible force-versus-immovable-object type of thing, but it's along those lines.The Giants posted a 46-35 regular-season record on the road, tied for third-best in the Majors. They also won three games in a row at Cincinnati to capture the National League Division Series. But Detroit finished 50-31 at home, matching the Majors' second-best mark in that category. "Your really good teams dominate at home," Bochy said. "... It's a team that probably feeds on their home crowd, and they're more comfortable at home. That's usually the case in baseball."