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Buster Posey may actually get to play a little

Sep 25, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

Giants’ catcher Bengie Molina got smacked in the left hand by a foul tip yesterday and had to leave the game.  Bruce Bochy put Eli Whiteside in.  Whiteside can’t hit. Neither can Molina for that matter.  Buster Posey raked all season in the minor leagues, yet has only been given three (3) plate appearances since his callup at the beginning of the month. This all makes sense to Bochy, I assume, but he hasn’t really explained it.

One would think that with Molina down and the Giants almost certainly out of the wild card race, Bochy would finally give Posey a start or at least some playing time.  I’d bet dollars to donuts that Whiteside starts tonight, however, because Bochy has absolutely no trust whatsoever in the Giants’ best hitting prospect since Matt Williams.

But like I said, the Giants are done so maybe it doesn’t matter.  The real question is what they plan to do next year.  If they have a lick of sense they will start with the assumption that Buster Posey will be the starting catcher.  They will do so because they will realize — in hindsight, but still — that if they had had even a lick of hitting in 2009 they would have likely made the playoffs on the back of their superior pitching staff.

If they don’t — and if, instead, they spend the money that should go to a big bat on a Bengie Molina extension and relegate Posey to AAA once again — you can pretty much kiss off their chances for another year.

  1. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Sep 25, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    According to KLaw, his service clock has already started since he’s on the ML roster, so why not play him? Even funnier considering Klaw referred to Eli as Eli Downside.

  2. l. Nicolopulos - Sep 25, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Couldn’t agree more.

  3. laura - Sep 25, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Whiteside is a decent backup at best. Move on Giants! It’s seems like a no brainer to play Posey

  4. GrabSomePineMeat - Sep 25, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Eli is a great catcher…he calls a great game, has a strong arm to throw out runners at 2nd and has a great raport with the pitchers. But yes, he has a average to below average bat to date. Buster is the future…but is that future behind the plate. Buster can play a few other positions…but he is primarily up for his batting. Now with the huge question mark around Angel Villalona (in jail) who was the next big bat behind Posey…there are very few power bats ready to make the transition from our farm system to the bigs. Bottom line is that Giants need to sign bats next year. Dump the old players like Bengie, Renteria, Rowand, Winn, Aurilia. See what we can do to keep Uribe as a 5/6 hitter. Sign Timmy and Matt to long term contracts…figure out what to do with Penny to a 2 year deal, but not at market rates since he would be a 4/5 pitcher. Did I say sign bats???

  5. Grant - Sep 26, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Eli Whiteside has a career OBP of .237. He’s terrible.

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