Aside from batting Hector Sanchez 8th as the designated hitter, this is has become Bochy’s go-to lineup, and the one that he will use to try and crack Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez has seen a bit more of the Giants than Justin Verlander and Doug Fister, because he came to the Tigers by way of a midseason trade with the Miami Marlins.
How do the Giants match up?
Several Giants have good numbers against the Tigers’ righty, but Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval are not on that list. Posey has only a hit and a walk in eight at bats against Sanchez, and he’s struck out four times. Sandoval isn’t much better with a 1-for-6 lifetime history against him.
It gets better from there: Angel Pagan is 6-for-23 with two walks. Hunter Pence is 6-for-18 with a double against Sanchez. Blanco is 4-for-7 with a triple and Belt is 2-for-6. The Giants’ DH has never faced him, but Bochy feels that Sanchez a better option than Aubrey Huff, who is 0-for-12 lifetime.
Sanchez has been stellar this postseason, with an ERA of 1.35 through 13.1 innings, but has struggled against the Giants in 2012. His ERA vs. the Giants this season is 4.38, and they’re batting .298 against him.
The Tigers’ Game 3 lineup:
The man who has seen the most of Ryan Vogelsong, Omar Infante, is 7-for-11 (.636) against him. Everyone else has questionable numbers against Vogelsong, including Miguel Cabrera, who is 1-for-5 with a walk, and Andy Dirks and Prince Fielder, who are both 0-for-3.
Detroit will be eager to finally face a right-handed pitcher after being silenced by lefties Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner through the first two games. The Tigers put together a slash of .253/.329/.395 vs. left-handed pitching in 2012, compared to .275/.337/.434 against righties.