San Francisco Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy chose to rest catcher Buster Posey in game four of the home stand. Posey has contributed nicely to the Giants’ recent wins over the visiting New York Mets with six hits, six runs, and one home run in 22 at bats. Bochy’s decision to rest him is mostly in preparation for the upcoming series against the Los Angeles Dodgers – a series which is boiling down to be more or less a battle for the division.
“Between how much he’s been catching recently…he needs a break,” said Bochy pregame. “This will give him a couple days off so [Trevor] Brown goes behind the plate today.”
The Giants and Dodgers are tied for the NL West, after the Giants suffered their first loss of the series to the Mets on Saturday August 20th. With one game left before they depart for Los Angeles, it’s do or die for the Giants to get the critical win.
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija will take the mound against Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. Samardzija suffered a slight midseason funk, only getting one win since early July. Since the start of this month he’s gone for 15 hits eight runs and 13 strikeouts in 18 innings. The addition of Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays pushed him down as the fourth starter in the rotation.
Despite his relatively lackluster numbers, Bochy is hoping Samardzija can throw for the win and potentially avoid tapping into the bullpen as well.
“He’s been throwing the ball better he really has,” said Bochy of Samardzija. “I think a lot of times as with any pitcher it’s command when they’re not quite as sharp. His stuff is fine if you look at his fastball. He’s fine he’s been throwing the ball better and he makes the curveball a little bit more now. I like the way he’s throwing the ball.”