Apr 13, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants infielderBrandon Hicks
(14) is congratulated by outfielder Michael Morse (38) after both Hicks and Morse scored a run against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Should Michael Morse play nine innings? I think it’s simple. Yes. Regardless of how the defensive metrics make it a more suitable choice to leave Michael Morse in the game, his bat alone makes it simple necessity to have him in late innings. Don’t get me wrong, I love Juan Perez and Gregor Blanco and what they bring to the table, but don’t use them to eliminate Morse from late innings.
I highly value what Perez and Blanco can do with their gloves and arms, but until they can start hitting well in high leverage situations they simply can’t be used in close games to help defense. If the Giants have a massive lead, however, Perez and Blanco are great options for off the bench.
Overall conclusion: come on Bochy, give the Giants a better chance of winning and stop removing Morse.
(All information courtesey of fangraphs.com)