LOS ANGELES– When the Giants chose to take a conservative technique to Buster Posey’s work throughout the routine season, they did so with an eye towards October.
Realizing a healthy Posey would be essential to satisfying their objective of playing significant baseball as deep into the season as possible, the Giants remained disciplined with their 34- year-old catcher’s use, normally beginning him just 2 out of every 3 video games to provide him the very best opportunity to remain fresh and efficient down the stretch.
The strategy appears to be working as meant.
Back in the postseason for the very first time in 5 years, an invigorated Posey is when again leading the charge for the Giants, going 4-for-8 with a crowning achievement and a double over the very first 2 video games of the National League Division Series, which is connected at one video game each heading into Game 3 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
” He’s simply an unique gamer,” left-hander Alex Wood stated. “He’s simply an outright specialist. He’s one of the very best pure players I’ve ever had fun with. You can see it when he desires it– some men simply have the ability to go to that next equipment at will, and he’s one of those individuals. I believe you’ve seen it the very first 2 video games. You’ve seen it all year.”
Posey is no complete stranger to the October phase, as he’s the Giants’ leader in postseason video games (55) having actually led San Francisco to World Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14 On Saturday night, he reached yet another turning point, eclipsing previous colleague Pablo Sandoval as the franchise’s all-time leader in postseason strikes with 55.
Posey, who squashed a two-run crowning achievement onto the right-field game off Walker Buehler on Friday, connected Sandoval with his 53 rd profession postseason hit, a double off Dodgers lefty Julio Urías in the 4th inning of the Giants’ 9-2 loss in Game 2 on Saturday. He took sole belongings of the record with a sixth-inning single, then included another knock in the ninth to top his three-hit night.
” For Buster, he has a sluggish heart beat,” shortstop Brandon Crawford stated. “He does not alter from routine season to postseason.”
Still, Posey acknowledged that he felt some jitters when he took the field on Friday for his very first postseason video game considering that 2016, when the Giants were removed in 4 video games by Kris Bryant’s Cubs in the NLDS.
” There’s absolutely butterflies, however I believe those can be practical and sort of increase your focus,” Posey stated.
Posey definitely isn’t taking these minutes for given, specifically after enjoying the coronavirus pandemic overthrow the world’s cumulative sense of normalcy. When the Giants clinched their very first NL West title given that 2012 on the last day of the routine season, Posey stated he felt especially grateful to be able to search for at the stands and see countless rejoicing fans at Oracle Park.
” It made me delighted to see individuals share in minutes together like this,” Posey stated. “I believe that’s what’s certainly so excellent about sports– it enables individuals, households, neighborhoods to come together. What the entire world has actually withstood the last 2 years, needing to actually simply separate, it was a terrific sensation to see everyone delighting in the minute together.”
Posey chose to remain the reduced 2020 season due to COVID-19 issues, staying at home to look after his household after he and his better half, Kristen, embraced twin infant women who were born too soon last July. He was coming off a career-worst season in 2019, however president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and supervisor Gabe Kapler preserved that Posey’s return would be simply as impactful as any free-agent addition the Giants might make over the offseason.
Sure enough, a rested and healthy Posey returned to strike.304 with an.889 OPS and 18 crowning achievement over 113 video games in 2021, his finest numbers given that he won the NL MVP Award in 2012.
” Extremely gifted, sort of outlier professional athletes, I do not get shocked by,” Kapler stated. “Buster sort of falls under that classification. World Series prizes, MVP, Rookie of the Year, management qualities, strength, all of the intangibles– so not a surprise there, especially provided just how much work he took into making this occur.
” Part of that year was invested A) recuperating, however likewise B) beginning to pursue2021 He pertained to camp and continued that diligence and all of the preparation that has actually made him who he is throughout his profession. Those are the kind of professional athletes and individuals that you bank on. I believe there’s a great deal of individuals around here that would have pressed a great deal of chips in on Buster’s revival offered how he got ready for it.”
The Giants took care not to use down Posey throughout the routine season, however they’ll be prepared to press him a little bit more now that October has actually shown up. With the integrated off-days in the postseason, it would not be a surprise to see Posey begin every video game behind the plate for the rest of the month if his body– especially his surgically fixed best hip– enables it.
” I believe that’s a possibility,” Kapler stated. “Assuming he’s healthy, strong, feeling great, I do not see any reason[not] I do not believe we need to plan every postseason video game, however I believe he’s a fantastic option to be in as numerous lineups as possible.”
If history is any indicator, it’s a winning formula for the Giants.