Buster Posey Can’t Do It Alone
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It would not take someone very long to find a time that Buster Posey has made a tremendous contribution to the San Francisco Giants. It seems that ever since his callup in 2010, Posey has been able to provide exactly what the Giants have needed.
His entrance into the MLB has coincided with 2 World Series in the 2 full seasons he has played, however this year is not looking as promising. The pitching has been suspect – and the offense has been anemic and hurt.
The team enters play today 6 Games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the lead is in single digits, they must start the charge now, considering Los Angeles has won 22 of their last 27 games.
The Giants conclude a series at home versus the Reds tonight, before the Cubs come to town. After that, the Defending Champions hit Philadelphia and Tampa on the road in a 6 game span.
They still have 6 games versus Arizona, and 7 versus the LA Dodgers the rest of the year, it is imperative this club wins the majority of these head to head matchups.
Not only has his performance on the field shown his value, but his absence from the team in 2011 also showed what he gives to the team.
Unfortunately, even with Posey having yet another incredible season, it appears it may not be enough to take the club to another playoff appearance.
The team is going to need a few people to step up in order to compete for the rest of this season. They are not too far out of the playoff picture, but if something doesn’t change quickly, they will be.
Pablo Sandoval, a player that the Giants would like to count on to help Buster produce offensively, is in the middle of a less-than-stellar season.
Sandoval currently ranks 15th out of all qualifying third baseman in WRC+ (weighted runs created), 14th in Slugging percentage, and 14th in WAR. Not only that, but Pablo has been much worse recently than he was at the beginning of the season, so these rankings may get even worse. ]
Hunter Pence, who had a slightly disappointing season last year, appeared to be back on track after the first two months of the season. Unfortunately, he slumped a little bit in June, with a .756 OPS, and got even worse in July with a .469 OPS.
Needless to say, Hunter Pence is going to need to produce a lot more than that to help this team to the postseason.
Not only has the offense not been clicking, but the rotation has had their fair share of struggles, and the pitching staff has as a whole has had some injuries to key players such as Santiago Casilla, and Ryan Vogelsong.
The one bright spot in the offense has been the emergence of Brandon Belt, who has been a very solid contributor on both sides of the ball, and has already topped his career high in homeruns.
His season is even more impressive when you consider his early season struggles that were likely caused by his stomach flu issues.
The team does still have a a chance in the postseason, but if certain key contributors like Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence, and Pablo Sandoval don’t step up and play the way they have in the past, then the Giants don’t have a chance.
While Buster Posey has seemed to be the hero when the Giants have needed him most, it doesn’t seem like he can pull it off on his own this season, and he will need help from the rest of the team if they want to come out on top again this season.
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