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KANSAS CITY -- Jake Peavy will battle more than a shaky postseason ERA when he takes the mound and tries to help the Giants clinch a World Series championship in Game 6.
Peavy has received treatment for swelling and abrasions to his right thumb after he tried to catch a foul ball in the dugout in Game 3. Bochy acknowledged the injury, which was first reported on Monday by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, but said it won’t keep Peavy from making his start.
“He has not shown any effects from throwing, and you have to trust Jake,” Bochy said. “He’s not hesitant on throwing, so he’s set to go. Non-issue for me. If I thought it was an issue at all, he wouldn’t be starting.”
But with the Giants hoping to avoid the crapshoot of a Game 7 on the road, Bochy will have a quicker hook. What if Peavy wobbles, as he did while allowing two runs in the first two innings of Game 2 here?
“You’ll see somebody throwing” in the bullpen, Bochy said. “You make the call at the time. I’m glad we stuck with him (in Game 2) because he settled down and pitched great. But I’ll go with my gut.”
Peavy is 1-4 with a 7.05 ERA in the postseason and he’s also struggled at Kauffman Stadium, going 1-6 with a 6.50 ERA. He left Game 2 with the score tied at two in the sixth inning.
Bochy said the entire pitching staff is available, even Game 7 starter Tim Hudson if the game becomes an extra-inning marathon. He might even use Madison Bumgarner for a hitter or two if the situation calls for it. But he said the only way Bumgarner starts Game 7 is if they have to use Hudson in extra innings and lose.
Bumgarner already has checked in with Bochy and said he feels fine to contribute in Game 6. He asked to watch the game from the bullpen and Bochy was on board with that.
“Hopefully we don’t need him,” Bochy said. “Hopefully we can get this done without him tonight. … If we need a big out, a really big out, we would use him.”
The mere sight of him on the bullpen bench would give Royals manager Ned Yost something to think about, though.
As for the lineup, Bochy is going with the same group: Travis Ishikawa in left field, Michael Morse hitting seventh as the DH and Juan Perez on the bench. "Call me superstitious," said Bochy, who also liked the way Ishikawa has done little things to move runners.
The only other thing to manage is anticipation. Brandon Belt summarized that part quite well.
“Today could be the day you walk away as a World Series champion,” he said.