The Giants will have a slightly different look for Mother’s Day – around the league teams are wearing pink gear to promote breast cancer awareness – and so will their lineup. Several regulars are off, so the lineup for their series finale against Miami looks like this:
LF - Aoki
SS - Duffy
2B - Panik
1B - Belt
RF - Maxwell
C - Susac
RF - Blanco
3B - McGehee
P - Vogelsong
Manager Bruce Bochy explained the absences. Buster Posey is “a little beat up, to be honest,” so he’s off today, giving him consecutive days off with Monday’s travel day.
With Angel Pagan, Bochy said “it’s fair to say the finger’s been bothering him.” Pagan’s left middle finger was stepped on as he slid into second base. Shortstop Brandon Crawford has “general soreness,” so he gets the same consecutive days off as Posey.
“You like to break it up a little bit,” Bochy said of resting the regulars. “But it’s hit us pretty good. I think here the last two, three days that these guys need a day.”
Bochy said he knows that he’s resting Posey against Marlins starter Mat Latos – the right-hander off whom Posey hit a grand slam in the clincher of the 2012 NLDS in Cincinnati.
“I see that too, trust me,” Bochy said. “But you gotta do what you gotta do.”
▪ The Marlins’ lineup against Ryan Vogeslsong:
2B - Gordon
3B - Prado
RF - Ichiro
CF - Ozuna
LF - Yelich
1B - Morse
SS - Hechavarria
C - Solano
P - Latos
▪ On Mother’s Day, Bochy shared a cool story about the role his late mother, Melrose, played in his baseball upbringing. Bochy’s father was in the military and spent a year serving in Korea when Bochy was 6 or 7 years old, he said. So his mom took up the task of fostering the kids’ love for baseball.
“She was the one out throwing batting practice to us,” Bochy said. “Amazing woman. She had polio as a child, so she had a pretty good limp. But she ran, she threw BP and she helped coach my older brother’s Little League team. But I just remember her getting out there and playing ball with us. She was a big baseball fan.”
Bochy’s mother passed away in 2007, his first year managing the Giants, he said.
“She was more the support I think when we were young,” Bochy said. “Dad was the one that disciplined us. She always had a smile and was very supportive.”
▪ The Giants still haven’t won a series against the Marlins at home since 2009 and can only split this four-game set with a win today. That would give them a 7-3 home stand, though, which Bochy said would make for a “pretty good” 10-game stretch.