Giants notes: Lincecum's playoff catcher undecided, etc.


Giants notes: Lincecum's playoff catcher undecided, etc.

SAN FRANCISCO In the words of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, youllprobably see some tweaking here real soon as he aligns his rotation for thepostseason.

But Bochy doesnt plan to coast over these final nine games.He penned a regular lineup for Tuesdays series opener against the ArizonaDiamondbacks and said the starters would play the entire game, as long as thescore doesnt get out of hand.
LINEUP: Posey at first for another Lincecum start

It is back to business, said Bochy, who still has Matt Cain and Barry Zito listed to start the last two games of this series. We will be playingthe game the way it should be played.

Hector Sanchez, not Buster Posey, is catching Tim Lincecum.But Bochy wasnt ready to answer whether that meant Sanchez would catchLincecum in the postseason.

I think (Lincecums) next start will tell you which waywell go there, said Bochy, adding that he hasnt ruled out pairing Posey withLincecum again.

The Giants are expected to start Cain, MadisonBumgarner and Lincecum in the first three games of an NL Division Series, withthe order somewhat dependent on opponent and more so whether Bochys club opensat home or on the road.

Bochy did not rule out using just three starters, but thatsituation likely would happen only if the Giants are down 2-1 and faceelimination in Game 4. A better bet is having either Barry Zito or RyanVogelsong as the Game 4 starter; Bochy already said the plan is for bothpitchers to be on a playoff roster.

You look at all the starters and theyve all thrown verywell, Bochy said. We wouldnt be here without any of them. Its unique wehave five starters with double-digit wins.

The Giants also have to decide whether to carry 11 or 12pitchers. The Giants would be able to use their fifth starter as a long man,but they might prefer to keep an eighth reliever anyway because they are somatchup-dependent with a closer-by-committee approach. On the other side of thecoin, the team wants to carry Aubrey Huff as a bat off the bench -- and for allpractical purposes, he requires a pinch runner.

Huff could make some starts at first base down the stretchto gauge his running ability.

And what about the thought that the Giants (89-64) arebetter off in their current spot as the No. 3 seed, who opens the first roundwith two home games? Could it be a disadvantage to pass the WashingtonNationals (93-60) or Cincinnati Reds (92-61) in the victory column?

The top seed, after all, wont know where its going tostart an NL Division Series until the one-game wild card playoff game. Andalthough the top two seeds would play games 3-5 at home, theyd only beguaranteed one home playoff date.

Bochy said hes already spoken to some players and remindedthem that they are playing to win.

If it ends up that way, so be it, Bochy said. Theres no otherway to play the game. I cant say theres a preference. Weve got a pitchertrying to win a game and weve got fans watching. We still want to go out thereand play good baseball.

During the managers session, I made a joke that France, Bochysbirth country, is getting jobbed again in the World Baseball Classic. I didntrealize that France actually has a team that is trying to qualify for the WBCfor the first time. In fact, their pitching coach is 2003 Cy Young Award winnerEric Gagne.

And I didnt know that French officials asked if Bochysson, Brett, would be able to pitch in a bleu uniform.

Unfortunately, that wont happen. Brett Bochy was shut downas a precaution because of arm fatigue. The connection is tenuous, anyway.Bochy was born on an army base in France, left with his family in his infancy,and didnt return until he was in his 50s for a vacation.

He thought he found the village where he was born, Landes deBussac.

After we got back, I figured out we went to the wrongBussac, Bochy said.

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.

The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.

McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.

This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.

The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.

Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.

And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.

"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.

But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.

"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.