Everyone can agree that San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is a phenomenal offensive asset for the organization. In fact, he is one of the top offensive catchers in Major League Baseball. However, as good as he is, there is still one pitcher that he simply cannot figure out. That pitcher is Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who just happens to be taking the mound Wednesday night.
Posey has 38 career at-bats against Kershaw, which is the third most against active hitters. That means that he has had more than enough time to see exactly the type of pitcher that Kershaw is. He should know all of his signs and tells, but somehow he still cannot figure it out. In fact, Posey has only posted a .184 batting average with just two doubles and 10 strikeouts against Kershaw over the years.
The reigning NL MVP, MLB batting champion and NL Comeback Player of the Year recipient is performing well on offense in 2013. He is currently batting .308 with nine home runs, 43 RBI, 21 doubles, one triple and one stolen base in 260 at-bats. One would think that Posey would be able to carry his offensive swagger to the plate tonight and succeed against Kershaw, but only time will tell if it actually holds true.
Obviously, the 26-year-old would like nothing more than to dominate at the plate against his nemesis. The good news he will be able to focus on offense more tonight because he will not have to catch for starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, as he will be suiting up at first base.