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Giants’ catcher switch a complete bust for Bruce Bochy

Oct 18, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

Tim Lincecum, Hector Sanchez AP

The real question is why Hector Sanchez ever started catching Tim Lincecum in the first place this year.

Yeah, Lincecum got off to an awful start this year with Buster Posey catching him. But who made that about Posey? Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner certainly didn’t have any problem with Posey. And Lincecum was extremely successful throwing to Posey in 2011, amassing a 1.55 ERA in 62 2/3 innings.

If Lincecum has a legitimate problem with Posey — and there’s been speculation to that effect — he needs to get over it. And it’s part of Bruce Bochy’s job to make sure that happens.

Lincecum did have some early success throwing to Sanchez this year, but in the end, it really didn’t matter much. There was an ERA difference: Lincecum had a 4.87 ERA working with Sanchez and a 5.46 ERA working with Posey, but nothing really backed that up. The league hit .255/.341/.414 against Lincecum with Sanchez catching and .258/.340/.429 against him with Posey catching. In pretty much the same number of innings, baserunners were 18-for-20 stealing against Lincecum-Sanchez and 6-for-6 against Lincecum-Posey.

Plus, Lincecum did just great in relief throwing to Posey in the postseason, pitching four scoreless innings in two appearances.

But there was Sanchez behind the plate for Thursday’s Game 4 against the Cardinals. It did Lincecum no good, as he gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings to take a loss, and Sanchez ended up going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts at the plate. He also dropped a relay on a play at the plate in the fifth, opening the door for a two-run inning. He did manage to throw out a would-be basestealer, but that was the only highlight of the night.

This should put an end to the foolishness, anyway. If the Giants do come back and win the NLCS, one imagines that Posey will be the choice to catch Lincecum in the World Series. And if they don’t, the Giants need to work out whatever differences Lincecum and Posey have, as this arrangement simply can’t be allowed to linger into 2013.

  1. barrancefong - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    No arguments from most Giants fans on this topic, although to be fair, half of Timmy’s innings this post season were pitching to Sanchez (G4 where he took over for Zito).

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Yikes, I missed that, both in this one and last night’s entry. Reworked the paragraph a bit. Thanks!

  2. mydadyourmom - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    totally. this guy took a dump on the plate.

  3. queenlivekillers - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Maybe Lincecum should cut that nasty hair.

  4. hcf95688 - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Posey strikes me as a bit of a red neck. Maybe he’s homophobic.

    • sabatimus - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      Just shut up.

    • joecool16280 - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      Gee, I wonder who gave that moronic comment a thumbs up. Oh, it was the ignorant person who wrote it. Congrats.

  5. thecuckoo3 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Wow this guy continues to prove how bad of a writer he is haha

  6. simon94022 - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    No question the Giants are better with Posey behind the plate and Belt at 1B. But part of Bochy’s motivation has been to give Posey regular breaks from catching. The guy is an MVP, but he is also coming off a horrific leg injury, and it was reasonable to keep him from catching 162+ games.

  7. perryt200 - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    i really don’t understand why they didn’t put Posey back at catcher when Lincecum came out.

    • SOBEIT - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Not that it matters because we got spanked again, but keeping Sanchez in the game keeps an extra bat on the bench. This has been an issue all post season. If Sanchez goes out, Posey back to the dish, and Belt off the bench…that eliminates a potential matchup later in the game should Bochy need a good lefty off the bench to pinch hit. Like I said, not that it matters because the game never got close. We have one less bat off the bench the whole post season because we are carrying all 5 starting pitchers.

  8. sisqsage - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Boch also wanted more offense in the lineup after a lame team showing the night before. Belt looked lost, so Sanchez was seen as an upgrade with Buster moving to first. It’s worked before. Sanchez has had a solid year on offense and behind the plate, especially for a rookie and is a real option in the future.Everybody in the Cards lineup got clutch hits so it didn’t really matter. The Giants weren’t going to match the Cards’ eight runs the way Wainwright pitched.

  9. bayarea510 - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    No dobut Hector had a bad game. Have to remember the kid is only 22 and is still learning the position. He is a good back up for days Posey needs rests.

    • bayarea510 - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      *doubt

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