Watching the game last night (does it really matter that much which night at this point) brought many of the thoughts I have been having all season to a head. I love Buster Posey, but I don't love him hitting clean up for the Giants. He hasn't hit a HR in May. Normally I would clamor for Pablo to move to that spot, but without him, we have very few options. When they went down 4-1 last night, it made me sad to realize that I had no real hope that they could tie the game with a three-run HR. I saw the Tigers score 8 runs in a inning on three HRs and I knew that would never be the Giants. They did end up tying the game (despite Posey), but that is beside the point.
Posey looks tired at the plate, especially late in the game, and I can't really blame him. I don't know the toll catching a Major League game has on a guy, but I do know that I don't want my clean up consistently fanning on fastballs at the belt late in the game. They give up too many at bats at the bottom of the order (I'll get there later) to give up crucial at-bats in the heart of the order in late gate situations. I think that for now, he has to stay there since there is no one else, but when Sandoval comes back, Pablo should move to clean-up. He will put the ball in play more and I don't think it is possible for him to ground into more double plays than Posey does. It seems like Cabrera will hit anywhere right now so he looks good at 3 and Pagan seems to be productive at 5. Without counting my chickens too much, Blanco looks comfortable leading off. I have read plenty of people say that Belt looks like he could be a solid number 2 guy. So with Pablo the top could be set and I would be happy watching that part of our lineup on a consistent basis.
So where does that leave Posey? Well I hope that I am not the only one that is tired of watching the opposing pitcher licking his chops knowing that he doesn't have to make a good pitch for at least four hitters from positions 6 on. When you have Burriss bunting with 2 on, 2 out and down 2, you know that even he doesn't believe he can get a hit. There are a bunch of people who swing at everything, rarely make contact, have little power when they do and can't even make productive outs. My thought is that you move Posey down to 6 or maybe even 7. It may not be popular, but I would love to see him try and hit with a little pressure off. He can make a pitcher sweat at the bottom of the order and I don't think that you lose much with him down there. Of course this is all for when Pablo comes back....come back Pablo, clearly they need you.