Posey unlikely to catch Lincecum in postseason

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Posey unlikely to catch Lincecum in postseason

SAN DIEGO Tim Lincecumsplace in the Giants postseason rotation remains a mystery. But whenever he happensto take the mound in a playoff game, its becoming clearer that Buster Poseywill not be his catcher.

Giants manager BruceBochy confirmed that Lincecum will start Sunday at San Diego and Hector Sanchezwill catch him.

Lincecumspreference?

My preference,really, Bochy said. I just like the way its gone in the second half.

Lincecum had a 6.42ERA at the All-Star break, but while working almost exclusively with Sanchez,the right-hander went 7-4 with a 3.06 ERA in his first 13 starts after the break.

Lincecum struggled mightilyto repeat his mechanics in his last outing Tuesday against Arizona, when hefailed to retire a batter in the fifth inning. Sanchez struggled as well whileallowing a passed ball and a wild pitch. Bochy called that game a hiccup.

Bochy dropped a fewmore clues to the postseason rotation, saying he plans to keep his starters onregular rest over this final road trip. That would mean Matt Cain, Barry Zitoand Ryan Vogelsong in this weekends series at Dodger Stadium.

Assuming the Giants remainthe No. 3 seed, Cain would be positioned to take the ball on regular rest in ananticipated NLDS Game 1 on Oct. 6. Madison Bumgarner, who will make his finalregular-season start Saturday at Petco Park, would be the most rested of thebunch and remains the likely choice to slot in as the Game 2 starter.

Its possible theGiants will announce Cain and Bumgarner at the outset of the division series andleave the rest of the pitching matchups to be determined, depending on what theGiants do in their first two games. Bochy would have all three options Zito,Lincecum and Vogelsong on the table for Game 3 and a potential Game 4. (WithCain on regular rest in Game 5 in any scenario.)

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And yes, therotation affects more than the starting pitchers. If Bochy keeps Sanchez pairedwith Zito in addition to Lincecum, that would mean starting Posey at first base and sending either Brandon Belt to left field or the bench.

Belt struggled inthe afternoon sun Sunday when given a look in left field, telling Bochy hesmore comfortable in a night game. Bochy said Belt will start again in left fieldover this final road trip.

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos.

Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million, Smith at about $2.3 million, and Kontos at about $1.7 million. The Giants reached deals with all six arbitration eligible players this offseason. 

Nunez, acquired last summer, will enter camp as the starter at third base. He posted a .269/.327/.418 slash line and 12 stolen bases after coming over from the Twins.

Smith was also acquired before the trade deadline, and he had a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances for the Giants. He is expected to play a pivotal role in setting up for new closer Mark Melancon. 

Kontos has long been Bruce Bochy's most reliable reliever in the middle innings and he could move to a higher-leverage role in a revamped bullpen. He had a 2.53 ERA in 2016, his fifth season with the Giants.

The Giants had previously reached one-year deals with Cory Gearrin, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie. They have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when a deal could not be reached with A.J. Pierzynski. 
 

Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

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Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

MLB Hall-of-Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry believes home run king Barry Bonds will eventually be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. 

"I think he’ll get in eventually," Perry said, according to USA Today. "If you have a player like that, pretty soon, you put him in."

Perry, 78, was infamous for doctoring baseballs on the mound and throwing a spitball. Author of 314 career wins over a 22-year season, Perry was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991. His No. 36 is one of 10 numbers retired by the Giants. 

But Perry doesn't feel the same about hit king Pete Rose.

"Pete did the worst thing possible, worse than steroids," Perry said. "He put money on games, win or lose. He’s paying the price."

Bonds, 52, was a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time Silver Slugger, an eight-time Gold Glover. He owns the most home runs (762), the most walks (2,558) and the most intentional walks (688) in MLB history.

Rose, 75, was Rookie of the Year, MVP and a 17-time All-Star. He owns the most games (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), at-bats (14,053), and hits (4,256) in MLB history.