The San Francisco Giants suffered a devastating loss when catcher Buster Posey broke his leg and tore ligaments in his ankle when Scott Cousins collided with the catcher last Wednesday night. It was a gruesome injury that left the Giants catcher potentially out for the season.
The initial report on Posey had the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year returning in two months, but Posey thinks differently.
He said in an interview with the Associated Press that it’s “highly likely” he will miss the rest of the season.
Whether Posey returns in September or is out for the rest of the season, I still think the Giants will win the NL West and be able to survive this loss. I am not a big list guy, but here are five reasons why I believe the Giants will survive without Posey.
5. They Don’t Just Rely On Posey’s Offense
The Giants have a balanced lineup—not the likes of the Boston Red Sox or Texas Rangers, but a balanced lineup nonetheless. The Giants lineup is mediocre throughout, which in this case might be a benefit to them.
If Posey was Barry Bonds and this was 2002, then I would be worried if I was a Giants fan. But it’s not.
Andres Torres has a higher ISO (.148 and wOBA .348) than Posey does (.105 and .341) this season.
4.The Giants have won before without a key player
Raise your hand if you thought the Giants would have made the 2010 postseason with Pablo Sandoval hitting .268/.323/.409.
Not too many of you.
Raise your hand again if you thought the Giants would go on to win the World Series with Sandoval only receiving 19 plate appearances and hitting just .176 in those PAs.
Again, not too many of you.
My point is that Sandoval was THE man for the Giants going into the season and he was a nonfactor in the 2010 season. The Giants have won without their star player before and that’s why I think they can do it again.
3. Believe in Brandon Belt
I believe in Belt, the Giants organization believes in Belt, and now we just need Bruce Bochy to believe in Belt. The Giants re-called the 23-year-old last week, but Bochy said Belt will mainly come off the bench.
Glad to see Bochy channel his inner Dusty Baker on this one. Why go with the mediocre Nate Schierholtz and let Belt rot on the bench? Makes no sense.
Posey forced his way into the starting lineup last season, and look what happened. I believe Belt will do the same thing this year.
Do I expect Belt to lead the Giants to another World Series? No, I don’t. That’s an unrealistic expectation. But do I do think he can be good enough to help the Giants stay afloat and help get them back into the postseason.
2. Reinforcements are on the way
According to Harry Schulman via Twitter, Sandoval is expected to begin a rehab assignment shortly, and if all goes well, he could return to the Giants this week. Wrist injuries are tricky, but if Sandoval can return to the .313/.374/.530 form he showed before he got hurt, he will make up for the loss of Posey.
I also believe the Giants will make a move to acquire some offense in the future. Whether it be Jose Reyes or simply bringing back Bengie Molina, I don’t think the Giants are going to wave the white flag on this season.
They’ll make a move.
1. They play in the NL West
If the Giants played in the AL East or NL East, they would be toast. But they play in the NL West, which is the most mediocre division in baseball.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place, but they aren’t running away with anything and I don’t think they have the staying power. The Colorado Rockies were a preseason favorite, but something is wrong with that team. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a mess and the San Diego Padres can’t score any runs.
The Giants can stay afloat in the NL West by just playing .500 ball for the remainder of the season. It seems like 86 or 87 wins could win this division, and if that’s the case, then the Giants are still capable of doing that.
All they need to do is go 59-51 the rest of the way.