An up-close look at the club as we approach Opening Day
Bochy: Start with [Brian] Bocock, a guy who's played [Class] A ball. He's starting most of these spring games and could be our Opening Day shortstop. I think he's done a great job and solidified the infield. [Eugenio] Velez has really improved his defense and worked very hard this spring. Fred Lewis and Rajai Davis are doing what we were hoping they would. But it's going to be an adjustment for them when the season starts. I can see Davis playing against left-handers, but it'll be a challenge for me to give Lewis the at-bats to keep him sharp. Certainly the way he has played this spring, he deserves some playing time.MLB.com: How disruptive have the injuries been? Bochy: They've been setbacks, no question. Omar [Vizquel] is a guy who solidifies our infield. In Noah [Lowry], you lose your No. 3 starter. But I've always said that there's no point in talking about it. You're going to have to deal with the injuries and move on. We're not looking for any excuses. That's when you have to have guys step up.
MLB.com: You've stressed a lot that you need production up and down the lineup. I guess you can't emphasize that enough.Bochy: We're going to need production throughout the order -- productive outs, getting guys over. Everybody's going to have to contribute. MLB.com: That said, there'll be extra attention on Aaron Rowand, since he was the Giants' main offseason acquisition. What are you going to look for from him?
Bochy: Just consistency. We're not looking for Aaron to carry the ballclub. He's part of the equation in the lineup. Along with what Aaron brings in that clubhouse, the way he plays, he leads by example. And I think players feed off that.MLB.com: How concerned are you about the spring record? Bochy: For the most part, you're not overly concerned. But at the same time, it's important for us to finish strong. Part of it is we have to believe we can win. As we go through this transformation, we're better than some people think we are. MLB.com: Do you feel like the "warrior spirit" you wanted is growing among the players, or is that something you won't really find out until the regular season?
Bochy: We'll find out when the season starts. But, to get back to it, I like the way they've gone about their business -- the effort, how they're running the bases, how they're getting down the line, trying to take the extra base, trying to do the little things as far as the situational hitting. I've been pleased with that.MLB.com: Do you foresee the division being as tough as it always has been? Bochy: Yeah, I do. We're going to face good pitching on a daily basis. That's why I say our execution will play a major part in our season.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.