AT&T PARK — If the wild-card race is wearing on Bruce Bochy, he wasn’t showing it on Thursday afternoon. As he stood behind the plate during batting practice, the San Francisco Giants manager took a few minutes to take a picture with a baby.
Earlier in the afternoon, one of Bochy’s favorite Giants — Jake Peavy — won the “Good Guy” award, as voted by the local chapter of the BBWAA. The honor goes to the player who has been the most accommodating to the media.
“Jake and I go way back,” Bochy said. “The name of that award certainly represents him. He is such a good guy.”
Dropped from the rotation at the end of July, Peavy has made just a pair of appearances in September.
“[He’s] a great teammate, cares about everybody, cares about winning and when he’s not pitching, games are important,” Bochy said. “You can see and hear him down here pulling for guys in the dugout.
— Gordon Beckham, who only joined the Giants on Tuesday night and who quoted Clark Griswold in his first press conference, is set to make his first start with his new club.
Bochy confirmed that there’s a pretty good chance the right-handed hitter will start against Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill on Friday. Another lefty follows a day later in the form of Clayton Kershaw, so it could be a busy weekend for Beckham.
— Bochy still won’t say who will be opposing Kershaw on the second-to-last day of the season.
Albert Suarez and Ty Blach are the top options, while there’s a chance Jeff Samardzija could make a cameo out of the pen. Saturday is his normal day to throw on the side and he could potentially appear even sooner than that.
“He thinks that if we need it, he could help out tomorrow,” Bochy said.
— There’s still no word on when Bochy will write Eduardo Núñez’s name back into the lineup.
“He’s making improvement,” Bochy said of the third baseman, who’s out with a strained right hamstring.
“He’s not ready to go yet, but it’s getting closer,” Bochy added. “I can’t give you a day. It’s still there. He’s got to get that out of there before he can get out there. So, that’s it. He’s still going to be questionable for next series.”
— The manager said there will be no restrictions on Johnny Cueto after he missed his last start with a groin strain. Cueto has crushed the Colorado Rockies this year, allowing two earned runs in 23.1 innings of work. Bruce Bochyeduardo nunezgordon beckhamJake PeavyJeff Samardzijakarl buscheckMLBSan Francisco Giants