Buster Posey hits RBI double in win over COL
Posey rocked a deep RBI double off German Marquez in the first inning, came through with a sacrifice fly in the third and put a cap on his fine evening with an RBI single in the ninth. The All-Star backstop is slashing a blistering .347/.424/.536 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 239 at-bats this season. If the Giants were anywhere close to contention -- sitting at 28-51 in an ultra-competitive NL West, they have a giant fork sticking out of their back right now -- Posey would probably be drawing some level of early MVP talk.
Posey cranks three XBH in loss to Braves
Posey has always had a penchant for hitting left-handed pitching and feasted on Braves starter Jaime Garcia in this one, hitting a solo homer in the second and smacking two doubles off the southpaw before Garcia could be relieved. The homer was Posey's 10th of the season, the sixth straight year the backstop has reached double-digits in dingers. Quietly, the 30-year-old is having a remarkable offensive year this season, batting .344/.427/.537 through 63 games.
R.A. Dickey has a 3.5% K-BB% and a slate-worst 5.43 SIERA on the season
Despite tossing a gem against an exploitable Philadelphia Phillies lineup two starts ago, R.A. Dickey continues to be an extremely hittable pitcher at this stage of his career, allowing at least five runs in three of his last four starts, including eight his last time out, but he always seems to somehow do just enough, consistently enough, to limit damage that the Atlanta Braves are able to keep utilizing him as an innings eater in the rotation for their young and eventually up and coming squad. This year, Dickey has seen a drastic drop in his already low strikeout rate, down to 13.3% to go along with a 9.8% walk rate. As usual with his knuckleball, Dickey has managed to induce groundballs at a respectable clip (49.6%) and limit hard contact to just 28.8% of the time. With the aforementioned low strikeouts and high walks, it's difficult to imagine Dickey's 5.35 ERA improving with a terrible, but in line, 5.43 SIERA. When attacking Dickey with opposing batters, a problem arises with a bit of guesswork in figuring out which individual batters to utilize against him, as the nature of a knuckleball makes at bat outcomes relatively unpredictable. This makes the San Francisco Giants more of an offense to stack or an offense to fade in tournaments tonight since there should be plenty of baserunners with a high probability of home runs but difficult to predict where said production will come from. Buster Posey (156 wRC+, .405 wOBA vs RHP) and Brandon Belt (125 wRC+, .358 wOBA, .233 ISO vs RHP) are the clear top hitters to target in any tournament stack, while Joe Panik, Denard Span, and Eduardo Nunez are on a definitively lower tier, making them more of secondary options and are logical fits as hitters to round out a Giants stack in tournaments opposed to individual one-offs.
Buster Posey (ankle) returns to lineup
He's getting the call at first base, rather than catcher, in this one to take a bit of the stress off of his injured ankle. The Giants' will need his bat too, as four of their regulars are sitting this one out.
Buster Posey (ankle) appears as pinch hitter
The hard-hitting backstop left Thursday's game after tweaking his left ankle while crushing a home run. The injury is minor though and won't require a trip to the disabled list. He's expected to return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Buster Posey (ankle) plans to return Saturday
Posey left Thursday's loss after tweaking his left ankle while hitting a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, but it's nothing serious. "I'm really happy with the way I feel," the star catcher said Friday, adding that he plans to return to the Giants' starting lineup Saturday.
Buster Posey says left ankle issue is minor
Posey left Thursday's 10-9 loss to the Rockies after tweaking his left ankle while belting a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, but he told reporters after the game that he was already feeling much better. Giants trainers believe it was a scar-tissue breakup, which can sometimes be painful. This doesn't sound like a disabled list situation, though Posey may get multiple days off this weekend. Nick Hundley took over behind the plate Thursday in Colorado.
Posey and Nunez both leave with injuries
Posey limped back to the clubhouse after drilling a two-run homer in the seventh inning. He never returned and was soon replaced by Nick Hundley behind the dish. Posey had an eventful night, committing two errors while going 3-for-4 at the plate. Eduardo Nunez got hurt in the same inning, leaving with hamstring tightness. Both players are considered day-to-day.
Buster Posey raises average to .352
After a brief cold spell near the end of May, Posey is doing what he does best. He has collected 20 hits over his past 49 at-bats (.408) to improve his already solid .333 average back up to a robust .352. He continues to pile up the hits, collecting hits in 12 of his past 13 outings.
Posey, Pence get day off Thursday vs. MIL
Nick Hundley will start at catcher and bat sixth and Brandon Belt will start at first base and bat cleanup versus Brewers right-hander Paolo Espino. Hunter Pence is also getting the day off Thursday, with Gorkys Hernandez handling right field.