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Injury-plagued Giants use a wild lineup

Aug 16, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

Eli Whiteside, Matt Cain AP

It’s safe to say the defending world champs weren’t projecting this as a starting lineup a few months ago:

CF Cody Ross
2B Mike Fontenot
1B Pablo Sandoval
LF Aubrey Huff
RF Brandon Belt
SS Orlando Cabrera
3B Miguel Tejada
C Chris Stewart

For the record, this is the Giants’ 122nd game of the season.  The eight players in the Giants’ lineup tonight have started at those positions a grand total of 98 times this year.

Ross – 3
Fontenot – 8
Sandoval – 4
Huff – 1
Belt – 0
Cabrera – 16
Tejada – 37
Stewart – 29

Only Stewart and Tejada are playing at their most common positions.  Tejada actually had started 37 games at both third base and shortstop, but he had played more innings at third.

What made the odd lineup even odder is that the Giants originally had Huff in right field and Belt in left before switching the two.  Huff had played right in 13 of his 14 outfield starts this season, and all three of Belt’s previous outfield starts had come in left.

So, why are we seeing this?  Not only did Carlos Beltran go on the disabled list Tuesday, but the Giants have also had to send Nate Schierholtz (foot) and Jeff Keppinger (wrist) for tests that will help determine how much time they’ll miss.  Finally, Aaron Rowand is nursing a strained intercostal muscle.

At least the Giants have the right starter on the mound tonight: Jonathan Sanchez loves those walks and strikeouts, so there shouldn’t be a whole bunch of balls is play.  He can go as long as he wants, too: with just two players on the bench in Mark DeRosa and Eli Whiteside, the Giants don’t figure to do any pinch-hitting.

  1. rhandome - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    As a diehard SF Giants fan: congrats Arizona on winning the division.

    • The Baseball Gods - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      Wow, that’s a hell of a defeatist attitude from a fan of the team that won the World Series last season after being down 6.5 games in the division on August 25th last season. It’s not like your team was hitting anyway and your stud pitchers are still around. The Giants are only 2.5 games back to a team that was 65-97 last season and finished dead last in the NL West.

    • dcburden - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      Interesting definition of “diehard.”

      • rhandome - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:08 PM

        See how confident you feel when your team starts two first basemen in the outfield.

      • anonmonster - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:22 PM

        I’m more worried about the offense. Schierholtz was streaky but came up big often, and Keppinger is a solid hitter. With them and Beltran out, that leaves Sandoval as what’s left of our already poor offense. Maybe Belt will go on a tear.

        Huff sucks on fire in the OF though.

    • joelgold - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      “Diehard”?? 2.5 games back in mid August is no time to concede anything. Did you even watch last year at all? Don’t know if they will repeat, but that’s why they play the games and I watch.

  2. kcrockett1 - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    When the hell did everybody get hurt? I guess you don’t really notice until you lose the division lead

    • anonmonster - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      No idea when Keppinger and Rowand got hurt, but Nate had been dealing with a leg injury for a couple of games and then fouled hard off of his foot last night. Sandoval did that too, and I’m surprised he’s in the lineup tonight – it was suspected he’d miss a game or two after he was pulled yesterday.

    • anonmonster - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      Aaaaaand Sanchez just rolled his ankle. Awesome.

  3. icanspeel - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    And they are being no hit through 6 innings so far.. haha the irony

    • The Baseball Gods - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:38 PM

      By a guy making his second career start……even more ironic.

      • The Baseball Gods - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:40 PM

        Well Cody Ross just put a quick end to that with a solo home run to tie the game.

    • anonmonster - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:24 PM

      That is the exact opposite of irony. With the Giants’ offense to this point and the injuries sustained, a no hitter through 6 would, in fact, be expected.

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