SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy had just finished talking about how his Giants are a collection of 25 guys who have each contributed during this run to a 2-0 lead in the World Series.
While he spoke the truth, he was also echoing a lot of thoughts we've heard before, so I thought I'd turn the question back toward himself: As the person responsible for putting those players in a position to succeed, does Bochy feel like he's on a bit of a roll himself these days?
The San Francisco Giants manager, though, wasn't going to break from his usual humble demeanor:
"No, I don't think about that," Bochy said after Thursday's 9-0 win over Texas in Game 2. "When they get in there and do well, I feel great for them because it's not easy for some of these guys who aren't getting playing time on a consistent basis, whether it's a [Nate] Schierholtz or [Travis] Ishikawa or [Aaron] Rowand [or] Edgar [Renteria] ... I just feel good that they're going out there and doing something to help contribute."
That's usual skipper speak, and the old saying that a manager is only as good as his player remains a good outlook. Still, there's no denying that Bochy has done a good job this postseason, making the right decisions to move two wins away from a World Series title.
I mean, let's just take a quick look at some of his moves that paid off on Thursday night:
• Bochy flippped Matt Cain(notes) and Jonathan Sanchez(notes) from his NLCS rotation so the former — a flyball pitcher — could get another start in AT&T Park. Cain rewarded him by pitching 7 2/3 innings of no-run baseball. (This after pitching seven innings of no-run baseball against the Phillies after Bochy made the decision to save him for Game 3).
• Eschewing a chance to add to a 2-0 lead, Bochy let Cain hit for himself in the seventh inning so his hot arm could stay in the game. Cain responded by getting the first two outs of the eighth and then Bochy went to one of his reliable bullpen lefties — Javier Lopez(notes) — to get Josh Hamilton(notes) to end the inning.
• Nate Schierholtz(notes) entered the game in the top of the seventh as a defensive replacement for Cody Ross(notes), who slid over to left. Schierholtz's defensive prowess immediately paid off as he made an incredible play by running down Matt Treanor's(notes) blast deep into triples alley for the second out of the inning.
Add that to previous moves over the past few weeks — starting Pablo Sandoval(notes) in Game 4 of the NLCS and seeing him contribute at the plate, locking down the Phillies' lineup in Game 6 with his bullpen usage, etc. — and it's clear that Bochy is having a great postseason by showing faith in his players who are rewarding his confidence by coming through.
Not that he'd ever admit it.