On May 29, Bruce Bochy moved Buster Posey up to the #2 spot in the batting order, and even though the Giants lost to the Rockies 11-4 that day, that game and the 12 thereafter in which Posey played and hit #2, the Giants averaged 5 runs per game.
All of that changed once Evan Longoria went down with a broken hand and Brandon Belt came off the disabled list following his appendectomy. In that micro split of 4 total games, the Giants are averaging 2.75 runs per game. For the season, the Giants are scoring 4.1 runs per game.
Look, say what you want about micro splits and ludicrously small sample sizes, but the Giants love ‘em. And when you consider that most lineup considerations are based on anecdotal evidence anyway (“let’s try to put our RBI guys in better RBI spots), there’s nothing concrete about any of this. Nobody knows anything.
The Giants are never gonna beat the Marlins, but they might put themselves in a better position to score more runs against the Marlins — they stopped scoring after the 3rd inning last night, which definitely led to their eventual doom — by rejiggering the order. With Belt back, that should actually make things easier.
What’s wrong with Panik, Posey, Belt, McCutchen, Crawford, Williamson, Sandoval, Hernandez? And in tonight’s case, with Crawford unavailable, why not Panik, Posey, Belt, McCutchen, Williamson, Sandoval, Hansen, Hernandez?
The Giants were 7-6 over those 13 games where Posey hit 2nd, and he had an .812 OPS (including 2 home runs, doubling his season total) in 63 plate appearances. The answer is clear: bat Posey 2nd.