ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yorvit Torrealba certainly understands how the game is played. When Mike Napoli's bat blew up in the second half of the season, there was going to be a lot fewer days for Torrealba behind the plate.
That has been the case during the postseason. Torrealba has just one start at catcher, Game 3 against the Tigers. He went 3-for-3 in the game and scored a run in the 5-2 loss. He made one of his two starts at designated hitter the next day in Game 4, going 1-for-5.
With such little playing time, Torrealba's .333 postseason batting average -- 4-for-12 with a double -- is more than respectable and gives manager Ron Washington options to consider for today's Game 6.
"Obviously, I just try to stay in shape," Torrealba said. "I've been working out, getting ready to go. That day [Game 3] I felt like I saw the ball pretty well. I'm just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere."
Remember that during the season, Washington often employed both of his catchers with Torrealba serving as DH when Michael Young filled in at third base or played first base.
Washington has that choice again tonight. Will he go with cold-hitting Mitch Moreland, now batting .105 in the postseason, at first base against the right-handed Max Scherzer? If Washington instead opts to play Young at first, Torrealba could be back in the lineup as Texas seeks to clinch the AL pennant.