The boos rained down as loud as any heard in this postseason, and that includes those heaved in Alex Rodriguez's direction. These boos were reserved for Matt Holliday, though. The St. Louis Cardinals' outfielder slid hard into second baseman Marco Scutaro of the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of last night's game. He was making a baseball play - trying to break up a double play - and there didn't appear to be anything malicious about the slide. However, it did ultimately knock Scutaro out of the game.
Scutaro initally remained in the game, but eventually the Giants' second baseman had to be removed. He left in the sixth inning, and according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Scutaro has a hip injury. The extent of the injury is not yet clear, but it was enough to cause Scutaro to leave the game. That is never a good sign.
The first bit of good news came after the game when the results of Scutaro's X-Ray were revealed.
Scutaro X-rays negative.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) October 16, 2012
The good thing for the Giants and Scutaro is the travel day today. The Giants and the Cardinals have the day off as both teams travel back to St. Louis for Game Three. They are tied 1-1 leading into Game Three and the Cardinals have stolen home field advantage by taking Game One. They can clinch and move on to the World Series at home with three straight victories.
The Giants will need Scutaro if they are to make sure that doesn't happen. The Giants are hoping to return to the World Series for the second time in the past three seasons. Scutaro's offense will help. Since the Giants acquired him from the Colorado Rockies, Scutaro hit .362. He is hitting .250 in the postseason, but his bat could come alive at any moment.
Scutaro also brings a veteran presence to second base. The Giants, like they did last night, will likely use Ryan Theriot if Scutaro cannot go. However, Scutaro would be the Giants' preferred choice if he is healthy enough to go.