In the past few days, speculation led many to believe that Bruce Bochy was having a difficult time deciding what players would fill the final spots on the Giants’ NLDS roster. Knowing Aubrey Huff would need a pinch runner if he was to reach base, many assumed that Boch would add a speedster to the roster for any crucial running scenario. Apparently, Bochy wasn’t comfortable in doing so as he gave the final spot to reliever Guillermo Mota.
The final roster, announced this evening, is as follows:
Pitchers: Affeldt, Bumgarner, Cain, Casilla, Kontos, Lincecum, Lopez, Mijares, Mota, Romo, Vogey & Zito
Batters: OF Blanco, Nady, Pagan, Pence | INF Arias, Belt, Crawford, Huff, Sandoval, Scutaro, Theriot | C Posey, Sanchez
The only three candidates to make the roster as speed guys were Emmanuel Burriss, Justin Christian or Francisco Peguero. And while all three certainly can motor around the bases, none of them are what you’d define as high quality base runners – something you need if you’re actually trying to steal a base in a crucial spot. Not to mention, there would be little to zero role for the above mentioned players outside of the pinch running duties, which is essentially a wasted spot if they aren’t pinch running.
Guillermo Mota, who did receive the final spot over the race cars, didn’t exactly earn it with his very sub-par season but it appears Bochy felt more comfortable with an extra arm than extra wheels against a powerhouse lineup, with up to three of the games taking place in the offense heavy Great American Ballpark.