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Should Michael Morse play nine innings?

By Timmy Kennedy
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Apr 10, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Morse (38) hits a two run double against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning of their baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

As all San Francisco Giants fans will know, Bochy, almost every game, has removed Michael Morse from the game around the sixth inning in order to play Juan Perez or Gregor Blanco to help with defensive matters. The concept isn’t very hard to fathom either, replace Morse – who typically is poor on defense – for Perez or Blanco who are excellent on defense.

There is one problem though, a rather big one. Evidently, when Morse is removed from the game, his bat is removed from the lineup. Which begs the questions, should Michael Morse play nine innings?

Whilst I do understand that defense can be pivotal late on in the ball game, a big hit can be so much more important. With the non-existent bat of Perez batting cleanup in late innings or high leverage situations, the Giants are ultimately accepting an out and at what cost? For Perez to make some routine plays according to the metrics.