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  1. Tsuyoshi Shinjo: WS DH. Never forget!

    Comment by ranbo — October 23, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  2. And as ugly as that situation might look, at least the Giants won’t be starting Delmon Young in the outfield.

    Deciding which starting player to bench is a better problem than deciding which benched player to start.

    The AL has the structural advantage in interleague games.

    Comment by Anon — October 23, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

  3. The Giants’ decision to shun Melky is baffling. At least there was a (debatable) medical rationale for the Strasburg decision. Do the Giants’ personnel people think he was totally a product of the juice, or are so personally disgruntled/embarrassed by him that they’d rather hurt the team’s chances than swallow their pride?

    Comment by Chris R — October 23, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  4. I agree that the choice is realistically between Huff and Sanchez, but I think Huff is actually the inferior choice here.

    Firstly, Huff will be batting towards the bottom of the order, probably 7th, in front of Gregor Blanco, Brandon Crawford, and rolling the lineup back over to Angel Pagan. They are the team’s three best runners, and the Huff is the team’s worst by a large margin. For a team that is hard pressed to hit home-runs and will be playing in parks with spacious outfields, taking the extra base seems crucial to the Giants. Huff will be a direct impediment to the Giants’ running game.

    Secondly, one of Huff’s best qualities is his ability to work an at-bat, but bat speed is still a problem for him and the Tigers starters are all remarkably stingy with walks. I can’t say I really know whether that makes plate patience more or less important, but I do believe it means they are more likely to pitch around the zone. Sanchez will strike out his fair share – he’s not called Hacktor for nothing – but if the Tigers pitchers are challenging hitters, I think Sanchez has more upside because of his power (even though he won’t get on base much for you).

    Thirdly, there is the handedness issue. As mentioned before, the DH will probably bat in the 7th spot in the order, between Belt, Blanco, and Crawford, all of whom are left handed. Huff would make this four lefties in a row, which gives Leyland an ideal place to use Phil Coke. I am less concerned about Phil Coke being good against lefties than I am about Phil Coke being absolutely terrible vs. righties. Break up the bottom half of the order with a switch hitter, and I suspect that you’re more likely to see Posey and Pence get more opportunities against Coke while Valverde’s status remains shaky and uncertain. Given the quality of the Tigers’ starters, the Giants should be looking to punish Detroit’s mediocre bullpen however they can.

    Finally, consider the park and the defense. Huff is a pull-happy fly ball hitter with a diminished line drive rate; he’s relatively easy to defend. Sanchez is a better ground ball and line-drive hitter, and more likely to challenge, say, Miguel Cabrera at third base, or hit a ball towards one of the long gaps in either ballpark instead of challenging the right field wall.

    The overall difference is probably unlikely to prove significant as both are pretty lousy, but I think Sanchez has a much higher ceiling for production in a short series.

    Comment by Solidarity — October 23, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  5. When Melky was suspended he bolted from the team without any contact or apology – so he quit on the team. He left the team, and the giants moved on. Its not that complicated.

    The Giants did not “shun” Melky – he shunned the Giants when the suspension came down by completely closing all lines of communication.

    Comment by Giants fan — October 23, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

  6. I see Huff doing it for 2 reasons. Experience and having a backup catcher on the bench.

    Comment by eric — October 23, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  7. FREE MELKY

    Comment by Ted — October 23, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

  8. - Sanchez is a worse runner than Huff
    - Sanchez has less power than Huff
    - If you’re worried about Phil Coke, Sanchez (or another righty) can easily be used to pinch hit for Huff late in the game

    Comment by Justin — October 23, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  9. I’m betting on at least one game in Detroit seeing Sanchez catch, Belt at first and Posey DH.

    Maybe even two.

    Comment by LondonStatto — October 23, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  10. Sanchez is actually not a worse runner than Huff, right now. Ever since Huff came back from his knee injury, he’s been Bengie Molina slow, turning easy doubles into singles. Sanchez isn’t a burner, but right now he’s faster than Huff.

    Comment by Scott — October 23, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  11. I think Posey will DH at least a little, and I expect it will be game 1 or 2. I think he’s tired. If I recall 2010 correctly, Huff hates DHing but he no longer has any pull whatsoever… but maybe Arias/Sandoval. What “funny” is that Arias isn’t a better fielder than Sandoval. But he’s skinnier!

    LH/RH matchup says Huff, though.

    Comment by zenbitz — October 23, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  12. Game 1 & 2 are at AT&T so there will be no DH in those games

    Comment by Evan — October 23, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

  13. “And as ugly as that situation might look, at least the Giants won’t be starting Delmon Young in the outfield.”

    WTF U STAT NERD DELMIN WAZ MVP!!!!!11!@ GET A LIFE OUT OF UR MOMMS BASEMINT.

    Comment by Troll — October 23, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

  14. Sanchez does not have power. He has posted an ISO above .119 once in his professional career, and that was in 52 games in A+ San Jose in 2011 when he managed a .231 ISO. Later that year he was called up to AAA and had a .078 ISO in roughly the same sample size. I don’t know where the myth of his power comes from, but I’m guessing people just assume he has power because of his size.

    Comment by Tom — October 23, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

  15. I really think Posey will DH and Sanchez will catch. Buster looks like he’s running out of gas and could use a few nights off from behind the plate.

    Comment by Bigmouth — October 23, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  16. You are fortunate to be a fan of such a principled organization.

    Comment by Chris R — October 23, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

  17. One factor is whether or not Tim Lincecum pitches Game 2 and then theoretically game 6. Sanchez would start those games and Posey would “rest” at 1B.

    None of the three in question, Huff, Sanchez and Arias are great shakes vs. righties with wOBAs this season of .293, .305 and .273. With LHP thrown in, Arias is their best hitter and is the only one of the three who helps them, or at least doesn’t hurt them, defensively.

    I’m guessing it will be some sort of mix between him and Sanchez as the extra bat.

    Comment by San Francisco Slim — October 23, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  18. You are neglecting the fact that Aubrey Huff has one extra base hit since June. Between his bat speed and his leg speed, he is pretty much a singles hitter at this stage of his career. Hector may only be slugging .390, but Huff is slugging .290. If you take Huff since the start of 2011, their ISOs at the major league level are comparable.

    The “myth” of his power comes from actual scouting. His power tool is limited by his below-average hit tool, but he does actually have power upside. Unlike Huff, who has shown less power since his DL stints than everyone on the team except for Ryan Theriot and Emmanuel Burriss.

    Comment by Solidarity — October 23, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  19. It would be more likely if Lincecum were going to catch one of the games, but Sanchez’s defense is too much of a liability. Buster is likely to start every game behind the plate unless he gets particularly beat up in a start or there’s a double-header or something.

    Comment by Solidarity — October 23, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

  20. A switch hitter is preferable, since you don’t need to play the whole substitution dance. No matter who the Tigers throw out there, you’re going to win the split advantage. If the team wanted to burn extra players for Huff’s sake, they would have carried a pinch-runner type on the roster.

    And I really don’t think you’ve seen Huff play since his knee injury.

    Comment by Solidarity — October 23, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

  21. Sounds like the Giants might add Eli Whiteside to the roster to allow Sanchez to DH, actually: https://twitter.com/CSNBaggs/status/260917607081840640

    Comment by ralph — October 23, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  22. Actually, it was Pat who hated to DH. Aubrey was fine with it.

    Comment by fracon — October 23, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  23. Game 5 when Zito starts.

    Comment by Mike — October 24, 2012 @ 12:49 am

  24. That is a spectacularly bad idea and use of a roster spot.

    Comment by walt526 — October 24, 2012 @ 3:15 am

  25. It’s not baffling. Melky disgraced himself and the team.

    And I am not even talking about testing positive for PEDs. I am not so naive to think that he is alone, or even one of a precious few cheaters.

    I am talking about his attempt to defraud the league by creating a phony website to get around his suspension. It does not speak well of his character, and were I a Giants fan, I don’t think I’d want him playing.

    Comment by Steve — October 24, 2012 @ 9:41 am

  26. Whiteside vrs Huff, I’ll take Whiteside, he at least is decent in the field. Huff can’t hit, run or field.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — October 24, 2012 @ 10:01 am

  27. This season:
    Player A: .267/.296/.707
    Player B: .280/.295/.685

    One of them is Hector Sanchez
    One of them is Delmon Young

    The supposed disadvantage to the Giants being in a hole with no DH is a fabrication. Hector Sanchez is capable enough with the bat.

    Huff shouldn’t be anywhere near full-time ABs. He can’t even run the bases right now and the threat of 2-3 double plays a game with his tendency to roll it to second is startling.

    Comment by Larry Yocum — October 24, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  28. I honestly would rather see Belt DH over Huff in that situation. To my mind, however, the best option offensively and defensively is Posey at DH, Belt at 1B, and Sanchez at C.

    Comment by Bigmouth — October 24, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  29. I have to agree with Walt that adding Whiteside would be a waste of a roster spot.

    Comment by Bigmouth — October 24, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  30. At this point I think Cain might be the Giants best option at DH.

    Comment by Giants fan — October 24, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

  31. Is that…BA/OBP/OPS? That’s an odd triple-slash configuration. I think the two accepted options are BA/OBP/SLG and occasionally OBP/SLG/OPS (which seems a bit redundant but is seen on occasion).

    Comment by Jason B — October 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am

  32. Oh, please. You’re essentially arguing that Huff is 90 feet slower than the guys who bat behind him.

    Comment by Baltar — October 25, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  33. Bigmouth, you’ve got to be joking at least about the “defensive” side of that equation. Sanchez is a terrible defensive catcher. His framing is hardly even deserving of the word.
    And that great throw he muffed was not a fluke.

    Comment by Baltar — October 25, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

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