Manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants slaps hands with his team before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during MLB Opening Day 2017 at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
PHOENIX – Giants manager Bruce Bochy made it clear that he planned to platoon Jarrett Parker in left field.
He hadn’t signaled the same intention with Denard Span in center.
But in the Giants’ first lineup against a left-handed starting pitcher, both Parker and Span are on the bench. Here’s the group that Bochy will throw out there against the Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin at Chase Field:
CF Gorkys Hernandez
1B Brandon Belt
RF Hunter Pence
C Buster Posey
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Eduardo Nuñez
LF Chris Marrero
2B Joe Panik
RHP Johnny Cueto
It’s Marrero’s first start as a Giant, and his first major league game since 2013 with the Washington Nationals. He led the club with eight home runs this spring, but only one of them came against a pitcher who was on a major league lineup on opening day. You never stop proving yourself in this game, and the real test starts now.
The decision to sit Span for Hernandez is an interesting one. Span was the Giants’ hottest hitter toward the end of spring, and he had two hits in the opener. He hit .217 against lefties last year (and .289 against right-handers), so it was expected he would rest more against lefties. But I’m not sure anyone was expecting a straight platoon.
Bochy also is keeping Nuñez in the No.6 spot, even though the skills he displayed in the opening day loss (three hits, two stolen bases) would seem to scream for a move higher in the order. I thought Bochy would have Belt and Nuñez swap spots. Shows what I know.
One item of interest from the game notes: as fancy as Madison Bumgarner’s two home runs were on opening day, his 11 strikeouts also rank as the most by a Giant in the season opener since the mound was moved to its current 60 feet, 6 inch distance in 1893. That’s pretty okay.
Here’s the Diamondbacks lineup as well:
CF A.J. Pollock
RF David Peralta
1B Paul Goldschmidt
3B Jake Lamb
LF Yasmany Tomás
2B Brandon Drury
SS Chris Owings
C Jeff Mathis
LHP Patrick Corbin