Bruce Bochy altered his batting order for Game 4 which begins in a scant three hours. He moved Buster Posey to No. 3 and dropped slumping Hunter Pence to 6. Managers usually bat their best all around hitter third. Willie Mays mostly batted third, for example. So here is today’s order:
Posey will play first base, which means Brandon Belt is out of the starting lineup because, for reasons I don’t understand, Lincecum pitches only to Sanchez. This move weakens the Giants defense because Posey is not a real first baseman. It also may weaken the offense.