The biggest anomaly currently crippling the San Francisco Giants‘ lineup is Buster Posey, who is enduring the worst start to a season of his big league career through 24 games. Posey is a vital part of the Giants’ success, both in the batter’s box and behind the plate. His .224 batting average in 76 official at-bats isn’t on level with what Posey is capable of. While struggling to hit for average, Posey has still maintained a decent level of run production, smashing five home runs and driving-in 11 runs.
The Giants won’t win the NL West if Posey somehow struggles at the plate for the entirety of the 2014 MLB season. Posey’s slump could soon be put to bed. Manager Bruce Bochy has frequently reiterated to members of the media that he’s pleased with Posey’s approach at the plate. After crushing a hanging slider from Chen Chang Lee of the Cleveland Indians for a solo home run in the sixth inning of a 5-3 win, Posey looked like himself again.
The 2012 MVP Award winner hit the ball hard all afternoon on Saturday, lining out to right field in the at-bat leading up to an eye-popping blast that landed halfway up the bleachers in left field. Bochy is pleased with Posey’s approach for good reason — it works. As a .304 career hitter, there remains little doubt that Posey is capable of posting All-Star caliber numbers in 2014.
An early team-wide slump, highlighted by Posey’s struggles, sent Giants fans temporarily reeling, but those concerns will soon be voided by the steady reemergence of Posey’s consistent excellence. The Giants are a quality baseball team, signified by their 14-10 record, despite early season struggles. The Giants, like Posey, are somehow getting the job done, evne though they’re not playing anywhere near their best level of baseball.
Posey had earned just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats before his sixth inning blast against the Indians at AT&T Park. One of those three hits was also a home run, a two-run blast that helped San Francisco avoid a sweep on the road against the San Diego Padres. Even though Posey hasn’t been anywhere close to as good as he can be, he’s still helping the Giants win games. His consistent approach at the plate and continuous ability to make loud contact is soon going to result in greater statistical success.