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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Giants Change Lineup Drastically For Game 3

Well, I think everyone knew at least a change or 2 where on the way after the team was stymied by Roy Oswalt in Game 2 of the NLCS Sunday, but I don't think anyone anticipated the huge shake-up to the lineup that Bruce Bochy ended up applying.

There is almost nothing the same carrying over from game 1 and 2, as the Giants will leadoff with Edgar Renteria, and will send both Mike Fontenot and Andres Torres to the bench. Also changing, will be Buster Posey moving from cleanup to third, Burrell to cleanup, Cody Ross up to fifth, and Huff into the 6th spot. Perhaps the most surprising though, was seeing that Aaron Rowand will get his first start of the 2010 postseason, but again, I think Boch had Rowand on the roster with this game in mind. Rowand will hit 8th. I like that Bochy realized that he had to mix things up a bit. This team is focused enough to not let the changes bother them, and maybe it will get a few guys jump-started. I'm curious to see how Renteria and Uribe handle the left side of the infield. Neither of them are %100 health wise.

Other than that, not much else I have to say at this point. The Giants had to take 1 of 2 in Philly, and they did that. They didn't look very good in game 2, but I'm not worried at all about that having a carry over effect into this game. The team's back home and they'll be here for the next 3 games, no matter what, after spending a ton of time on the road over the last 2 weeks. Time for them to get back into their comfort level and play their baseball, and if they do that, I have all the confidence in the world in Matt Cain. They can't give the Phills those extra outs, and must get something going early vs. Hamels, otherwise they'll find themselves in the same spot they were in Sunday.
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  • At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Giants are looking mighty impressive, especially at home. I love their set up for game 4 too. Go Giants!


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