By this time last year, the San Francisco Giants began their rapid tear to win the West. Rookie phenom Buster Posey had been brought up to eventually replace the later-traded Bengie Molina, and the Giants offense, defense and pitching began to display some great baseball.
So, for fun, let us compare the Giants of 2010 and the Giants of today:
Record (through July 6th)
Now let's take a deeper look into the stats by the catcher position:
The collapse of Buster Posey has been a big frustrating affect for the Giants. However, when calculating only the games played at catcher early last season, his impact this season is far greater. Last season, Posey only started seven times as catcher though July 6th. Today, injury included, Posey has started in 41.
In essence, the Bengie Molina Era early last season is being compared to this year's Posey/Eli Whiteside/ Chris Stewart tandem and they both come out surprisingly similar.
This season the Giants have played four more games than last season to this date and yet the only stats that are widely different accounting for those lost games are OBP, RBIs, walks and strikeouts. Everything else is roughly the exact same production from the catcher position.
So, my conclusion from these results: meh... it's about the same. I can't assume Whiteside and Stewart can produce as well as Molina did for the remainder of the season without Posey. And I know for a fact that they wont produce numbers like Posey did in the second half of the season.
All I know is that so far, the catcher production has not changed from the production of last year. Somehow, I'm okay with that. For now.