Backup catcher Hector Sanchez is expected to be the Giants' designated hitter for when they play their first road game of the World Series this Saturday against the Detroit Tigers, according to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet.
The move makes sense with left-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez scheduled to be on the bump as the Giants' Sanchez is a lefty as well. Sanchez hasn't registered a hit this postseason, though, and the last time he made solid contact was back in the first round against the Reds. In five at-bats in the NLCS, Sanchez laid a goose egg, striking out three times in the process.
San Francisco doesn't have a ton of options for the DH position as their bench is full of players known more for their gloves than their bats. If Sanchez doesn't work out Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy could always try moving Pablo Sandoval to DH and have Joaquin Arias take his place in at third to give his infield more range.
Other than that, the Giants' only other options in an American League park are Aubrey Huff and Ryan Theriot. Theriot would probably be the better choice of the two as he had a .270/.316/.321 line the regular season. The versatile middle infielder chipped in two hits in the NCLS with three RBI.