Giants willing to lose DH to sub for Morse

Bochy would use Perez as pinch-runner, then put him in left field

Giants willing to lose DH to sub for Morse

KANSAS CITY -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated before Tuesday's World Series opener that he would prefer to stick with his usual substitution strategy involving Michael Morse, Juan Perez and Travis Ishikawa instead of tailoring his moves to American League rules for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.

Bochy said he is "more than likely" to use Perez to pinch-run for Morse, the Giants' designated hitter, if the situation calls for it in the later innings. Bochy added that he would consider moving Perez to left field as a defensive replacement for Ishikawa. The Giants would lose their DH and would have to return the pitcher to the batting order if Perez ran for the DH and proceeded to occupy a position.

  Date     Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 21     SF 7, KC 1 video
Gm 2 Oct. 22     KC 7, SF 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 24     KC 3, SF 2 video
Gm 4 Oct. 25     SF 11, KC 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 26     SF 5, KC 0 video
Gm 6 Oct. 28     KC 10, SF 0 video
Gm 7 Oct. 29     SF 3, KC 2 video

Bochy wouldn't commit to installing the right-handed-batting Morse in the lineup against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas in Game 4 on Saturday at AT&T Park. That would give the Giants a theoretical platoon advantage.

"When that game comes, I'll decide which way I'm going to go. He's an option," Bochy said of Morse, who has been taking fielding practice in left field and at first base.

Morse demonstrated that he still possesses plenty of power in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series last Thursday, when he delivered a pinch-hit homer off St. Louis reliever Pat Neshek to tie the score.

However, first baseman Brandon Belt and Ishikawa ranked among the Giants' most effective performers through the NLCS. Belt entered Tuesday batting .286 with six RBIs, the team's second-highest total. Ishikawa hit .269 with team-bests in RBIs (seven) and slugging percentage (.462).

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.