#5 Too many pass balls and the inability to block or even find a wild pitch. I’ve never seen so many come up missing? Add two more for tonight. Tim Lincecum can’t throw his best change-up in the dirt with runners on base without these two clowns spinning around to chase it to the backstop.
#4 Since Buster Posey went down, Lincecum's numbers alone over his last 4 starts VOID any such "knowledge of the pitching staff" excuse. Try 28 hits over only 22.1 innings.
#3 Yep. That’s the same number of combined RBI’s between these two fill-in catchers on the season.
#2 Opponents love to run on a wiener arm. The numbers: Whiteside has thrown out only 5 of 27 attempts while Stewart is 2 of 4. That has the Giants foes stealing successfully 83 percent of the time.
#1 Is the current combined .186 Batting Average between the two backstops. Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, and Jonathan Sanchez combine for a .242 Average themselves which means 3 out of 5 games these catchers should be batting 9th in the order. I vote for "NOT AT ALL!"
Anyone out there can match the production we’ve seen. ANYONE! Hell, we have three pitchers in the starting rotation out hitting these two. Waiting for a waiver wire deal is not really shopping for the answer deserving of this defending World Champion club. It’s just playing the next card your dealt and this team needs an answer behind the plate now. With Bruce Bochy stating today that Vogelsong has secured his spot in the rotation over Zito, how about sending the "Z" back to the Oakland A's with around $35 million to cover the majority of his remaining contract and grabbing Kurt Suzuki? Give Oakland their choice of Chris Stewart or Eli Whiteside if it makes them feel better. It could work well for both bay area teams as well as Barry Zito. The Giants would then have the added benefit of a suitable backup to Buster Posey next season who would know the pitching staff and could be inserted should the team look to relocate Buster to another position in the future. This is just a solution I came up with but the long term upside here over the fan calls for "Ivan Rodriguez" or a "Benji Molina" is substantial.