Monday, February 24, 2014

Where did those RBIs go?

Among the many things that went wrong last season was Buster's second half fadeout. The numbers were surprising .....

There's a long post by Chris Haft on the Giants web site about Buster Posey prepping for this season. Here's the jarring part --  

The Giants hope Posey won't peak at all, but instead reach a plateau and more or less remain there. That's largely what he accomplished in 2012, when he batted a National League-high .336 with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs while winning a slew of awards, including NL Most Valuable Player. Posey's performance sagged last year, when he hit .294 with 15 homers and 72 RBIs.
Most catchers fantasize about having a 2013 campaign like Posey's. But having proven capable of more, he seeks excellence, not just competence.
So Posey, who turns 27 on March 27, transformed last year's disappointment into diligence. No more 42-point dips in batting average. No more third-place NL West ties for the Giants.
"I definitely think it served as extra motivation," said Posey, who gained 10 pounds, mostly muscle, due to his winter workouts.
Posey pointed out that gaining weight wasn't his objective. Gaining power that resulted from the added pounds was. Posey faded physically as last season elapsed, batting .325 with 13 homers before the All-Star break and .244 with two homers after the Midsummer Classic. His 16 RBIs following the break matched the seventh-fewest among NL players with at least 200 plate appearances.

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