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Thursday, October 7, 2010
Injured Jose Guillen left off Giants' roster

Via Andrew Baggarly, the Giants have set their Division Series roster:

Guillen hasn't been hitting, and his absence certainly doesn't hurt the Giants. What hurts the Giants is their systemic lack of good left-handed hitting. They've got Aubrey Huff, and they've got switch-hitters Andres Torres and Pablo Sandoval. And unless you count Mike Fontenot, that's just about it. Travis Ishikawa isn't going to play, and Nate Schierholtz probably shouldn't.

All of which is a particular problem against the Braves, who feature three good (or better) right-handed starting pitchers.

Picking up Pat Burrell in May worked out wonderfully for the Giants. It's just a shame they couldn't find a lefty-hitting equivalent. Because with the exception of Torres, the Giants don't have a single outfielder who figures to thrive against the Braves.