This is not a general, Nate is getting screwed post. That has been hashed and rehashed. This is specific. The Giants-Pads series this year has been defined by low scoring one run games. This series promises to be no different.
Petco is a big outfield. Playing both Burrell and Guillen is dangerous - especially when one considers that the Pads offense still centers around speed and, for lack of a better word, opportunism. Last nite was a great example. Some guy named Durango beats out an infield hit on a ball that Theriot double pumps and is late getting off the throw. He promptly steals second. Gonzales gets an INT and Tejada gets the big hit.
Burrell deserves to play because he actually is a threat to go deep - anywhere. And he's had some huge hits. That leaves right field. What Bochy needs to conside is what is the more likely outcome: Guillen helping with power (so far he's shown very little to say the least) or Guillen allowing a ball to drop ad/or getting to a base hit slowly, thus allowing the extra base. Personally I think that is an easy call.
So why not Ross? Simple - he's looked absolutely awful against right handers.
That leaves Nate. He's the best Rightfielder of the three. He can run a bit. And he's had some good at bats lately. Plus he's coming off a huge hit. Why not give it a shot and see if you catch lightning in a bottle. Maybe that carries over at the plate.
Problem is: to do this would require Bochy to step outside his comfort zone. He won't (or can't) do that.So that means, I suspect that we see Guillen tonight and against Stauffer and Latos and Ross against Richards.
Which brings me to a major difference between Black and Bochy. Black is willing to take major risks. How else do you explain changing 2/5th of your rotation in Septemeber. Bochy is not. I think that is a huge advantage for the Pads.