Marco Scutaro officially has a left hip muscle strain and is uncertain for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series tomorrow as reported by AP Sports Writer for Northern California Janie McCauley in her tweet below.
— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) October 16, 2012
Unless it is the 2000 MVP version of Jeff Kent under the Lou Seal mask ready to play, he is definitely not the blessing in disguise I speak of. Just as he proved last night, Ryan Theriot has shown he can be more than capable as a replacement for Scutaro.
Photograph courtesy of Christian Acosta
It is uncertain whether Marco will miss any games from the injury he received when Matt Holliday made a controversial slide into second base, through the bag and into Scutaro’s legs while Marco was attempting to throw on to 1st base for a double play in the top of the 1st. Theriot eventually replaced Scutaro to start off the 6th inning after Scutaro got some payback with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 4th. Holliday misplayed the single in left field which allowed all the base runners to score and Scutaro to reach second base. The fact hat Scutaro stayed in the game as long as he did may bode well for him being back but it is up to Bruce Bochy to determine the fate of Scutaro and Theriot.
What can we expect from Theriot should he be called upon again? He was the primary starter for half the season as he started 81 games for San Francisco Giants this year. It should also be remembered that Theriot has post season credentials as he won a World Series ring last year with the team he now plays against in the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals. He can get you a big hit just as he did in the bottom of the 8th driving in 2 runs on a single to extend the Giants’ lead in their 7-1 victory last night.
Should Theriot step in tomorrow he will face Cardinals’ starting pitcher Kyle Lohse who has had a great year as shown below courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.
The blessing in disguise for Theriot and the Giants in NLCS Game 3 is just how well Ryan has performed against Lohse over his career in comparison to Scutaro.
We will see what happens and keep you posted once the Giants make anything official. For now, it seems Theriot will be a welcomed alternative to Scutaro in Game 3 but whether it will be welcomed for the remainder of the postseason may be a different story.
by Raul Rekow Jr.