April 2013

Posey’s unruffled by struggles at plate

Saturday, April 13

CHICAGO — Buster Posey’s hitless streak lengthened to 10 at-bats after he went 0-for-2 in the Giants’ 3-2 victory Saturday over the Chicago Cubs. He’s batting .211 overall.

But the National League’s reigning Most Valuable Player exudes no panic.

Asked whether the timing of his hitting stroke is flawed, Posey replied, “I think it’s some of that. Some of it is making sure I get good pitches.”

Ah, the tried-and-true Ted Williams theory: Get a good pitch to hit.

Posey added, “I feel like I’m close. It’s just a combination of a few things.”

The Giants catcher certainly has earned the benefit of the doubt. As we have seen, Posey’s capable of prodigious outbursts that end slumps. Last year he was hitting a pedestrian .250 after seven games. Then he went 11-for-20 in five games, four of which were multiple-hit efforts, to lift his batting average to .386.

Bear in mind that Milwaukee is the Giants’ next stop. In seven career games at Miller Park, Posey’s batting .500 (12-for-24) with six home runs and 15 RBIs. Just approaching those numbers will help Posey escape his tailspin.

Chris Haft