Schierholtz in danger of losing RF job


Schierholtz in danger of losing RF job

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Nate Schierholtz has missed blips oftime with forearm and hip injuries. He is still trying to find his timing atthe plate. His spring has been nondescript, to put it charitably.

And his everyday job in right field is not safe.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he talked with Schierholtz beforeFridays game, explaining that the coaching staff needed to see more from theathletic right fielder.

Its all about production in this game, said Bochy, afterBrett Pills home run in the ninth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangersrescued the Giants from being shut out on consecutive nights.

Last year, we had a difficult time putting runs on theboard. We have to put the players out there who put runs on the board. Weve gottentwo games and almost no runs. Thats not going to work. Weve got to put ourbest team out there, our best offense. And that never stops.

The Giants could shuffle their outfield and move MelkyCabrera to right field, opening up a spot to play Brandon Belt in left. OrAubrey Huff could play left and Belt, a superior defensive first baseman, couldget the chance to settle into an everyday role there.

Management also must react to outfielder Gregor Blanco,whose speed and dynamic game appear to be a good match for a team that plans tohustle to manufacture runs.

Bochy acknowledged that too much can be made of springtraining, and that some players with longer track records can be allowed to justget ready for the season, as they say. But Bochy also made it clear thatSchierholtz hasnt reached that station in the game.

You get six or seven years in and youre a professional,frontline player, sure, youve earned that, Bochy said. Other players, sure,youre always competing for a job.

Schierholtz was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a groundout, dropping his average to .216. He has a .237 on-base percentage and hasnthit a home run in 37 at-bats.

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series


Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series


CHICAGO -- Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

Fueled by Hernandez's home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.

Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Los Angeles ended the Chicago Cubs' title defense with an 11-1 victory in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night.

"It feels good to hear World Series," Kershaw said. "It's been a long time coming for this team."

After years of playoff heartache, there was just no stopping this group of Dodgers. With Kershaw firing away at the top of a deep pitching staff and Justin Turner anchoring a tough lineup, one of baseball's most storied franchises captured its first pennant since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Los Angeles to its last championship in 1988.

The Dodgers will host the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. The Yankees have a 3-2 lead in the ALCS heading into Game 6 at Houston on Friday night, so one more New York win would set up another chapter in an old October rivalry between the Yankees and Dodgers.

The Dodgers made the playoffs eight times in the previous 13 seasons and came up short each time, often with Kershaw shouldering much of the blame. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner took the loss when Los Angeles was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field.

He was just OK in his first two starts in this year's postseason, but Los Angeles' loaded lineup picked him up each time. Backed by Hernandez's powerful show in Chicago, Kershaw turned in an efficient three-hit performance with five strikeouts in his sixth career playoff win - matching Burt Hooton for the franchise record.

When Kenley Jansen retired Willson Contreras on a liner to shortstop for the final out, the party was on. The Dodgers poured out of the dugout and mobbed their dominant closer near the mound, and a small, but vocal group of Los Angeles fans gathered behind the visitor's dugout and chanted "Let's go Dodgers! Let's go Dodgers!"

Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach


Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

Chili Davis spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Giants where he made two All-Star teams and hit 101 home runs. 

Fast forward 37 years from his debut in 1981, and Davis may now be the one teaching Giants how to hit balls over the wall in 2018. The Giants met with Davis Thursday about becoming the team's new hitting coach, according to The Mercury News

The only problem is, there is no open vacancy on the Giants' coaching staff. 

Current hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a candidate for the Tigers' head coaching vacancy, but reports surfaced Thursday that former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take that role. Meulens could become a candidate to manage another team or take a different spot on the Giants' staff. 

The Giants' offense sputtered in 2017. Overall, the offense ranked 23rd in batting average (.249), 29th in runs scored (639) and last in home runs (128). By comparison, the Pirates were the next worst team at hitting home runs in 2017 and still launched 23 more long balls than the Giants. 

Over his 19-year career, Davis hit 350 home runs. He has spent the last three years as the Red Sox's hitting instructor.