SF Giants: 3 reasons they will win the National League West
Reason #2: Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford
One of the most surprising things this season has been the resurgence of Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford. Posey has dealt with injuries in recent years which has led to underperformance while Crawford simply has underperformed with the bat.
However, they are both looking like they are in their prime at this point in the season and there is a good chance that both of them will earn All-Star nods. The big question remains though: can they keep this up?
With Buster Posey, the answer is more likely to be yes. If the SF Giants stay committed to the careful approach they have taken with Buster this season by giving him plenty of days off, there is a good chance that he will stay rested and healthy and will continue to produce.
With Crawford, the story may be a little different. The Giants really need Crawford to play just about every day for the team. Mauricio Dubón is a more than capable shortstop when Crawford needs a day off, but the value Crawford brings defensively and offensively is just too valuable.
That’s not to say that Crawford will not continue to have a great season. Perhaps the Giants will be a little more careful with him in the second half of the year to ensure that he is as healthy as possible for what we all hope is a fruitful postseason run in the last few months of the season.
If the Giants are to win the NL West, it will likely be because Posey and Crawford continue to produce at a high level and channel their 2015 selves.