SAN FRANCISCO — In the clubhouse of the San Francisco Giants, Marco Scutaro answers to the nickname “Blockbuster.”
As in: The Dodgers got $260 million worth of players from the Boston Red Sox, and we got you.
The Giants could not be happier. If they win the National League Championship Series, their scrappy second baseman just might be selected the most valuable player.
Scutaro batted .362 after the Giants acquired him from the Colorado Rockies on July 28. He is batting .458 in the NLCS, including a .474 average since St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday injured him in a controversial slide in Game 2.
“I got a little fame from getting hit from Holliday,” Scutaro said. “It was kind of weird.”
Scutaro said his hip and knee remain a little sore, not that he cares. He turns 37 next week. He has played 1,259 games in the major leagues, with no trips to the World Series.
“We’re 27 outs away from going to the World Series,” he said. “That, for me, is priceless.”
The Cardinals have no idea whether Holliday will be available for Game 7. They scratched him from their lineup Sunday, after he experienced lower-back tightness during batting practice.
“His back tightened up even a little bit more as we went through the game,” said Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny.
Holliday hit .295 with 27 home runs and a team-high 102 runs batted in this season.
The last Game 7 in San Francisco: 50 years ago, when Bobby Richardson caught Willie McCovey’s line drive to secure a World Series victory for the New York Yankees.