Buster Posey had a pretty good day yesterday. At this point in his life, 26-year old defending NL MVP and two-time World Series champion now playing in just his fourth season, there aren’t too many bad days for Buster Posey. In the early stages of 2013, some days at the ballpark were, let’s say, trying for the Giants catcher. He hasn’t hit so far this year, scuffling along wondering where the power went.
Until last night, of course. Last night Buster Posey resumed being Buster Posey, knocking in three runs and scorching the baseball three times in leading his Giants to a 5-4 win over the division rivals from Arizona. Though Brandon Belt picked up the walkoff single, it was Posey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning off tough reliever David Hernandez that gave Belt a chance to play hero.
On top of that big blow, Posey doubled in the tying run in the second inning, part of a 2-4 night worth .462 WPA. Just another day at the office for Buster Posey.
Nobody actually feared Buster Posey would never emerge from his mini-slump to start the season. Buster Posey is very good, you see. Surely there were some standard murmurs whenever a player signs a long-term deal but he’s just too talented to stay down for long. Not even an errant fastball to the throat could hold Posey down on this night.
With that long term deal, questions turn to his role behind the plate. How long can the Giants keep their prize assest hunched back there, wrecking his body and diminishing his future ability to hit at a star level? A move to first, like so many catchers, is surely in the offing.
Not quite yet. As of now, Buster Posey is a terrific defensive catcher. He threw out Gerardo Perra stealing to end the seventh inning last night, preventing a crucial insurance run from reaching scoring position.
His pitch framing and the like doesn’t rate off the charts but Posey was recently handed a very important defensive assignment: catching Tim Lincecum. After a long, drawn-out and overly dramatized debate over Timmy’s personal catcher and the former Cy Young winner’s comfort level with the team’s best player.
Lincecum and Posey put all this aside and went out on the weekend and had a great start, the best Lincecum start of the year and a much needed reprieve from the command-less ghost of the former staff ace.
So yes, Buster Posey is a good baseball player. He wasn’t hitting like one until, suddenly he did hit like a good baseball player. His hits were timely and his first homer of the year couldn’t have come at a better time, as far as April baseball is concerned. Buster Posey, simply ain’t having your premature talk of his decline.
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Food for thought from the Process Report:
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