San Francisco Giants

Bochy on slumping Posey: ‘He’s human ... He’ll come out of it’

SAN FRANCISCO -- It’s day three of Brandon Belt in the No. 3 spot, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy goes with an identical lineup today as in Friday night’s series opener. That includes Buster Posey catching a day game after a night game, which Bochy said he felt comfortable doing because Friday was "an easy game for (Posey) to catch with the way (Tim) Hudson threw."

Bochy was again asked about the funk Posey’s currently in at the plate -- Posey has three hits in his last 38 at-bats and one homer and three RBIs in his last 12 games. Bochy said he’ll "keep saying the same thing: He’s human. These guys go through their bumps in the road and they’re going to have the occasional hiccup."

Bochy cited Hunter Pence recently getting hot after being in a slump to start the season as another example of that. One thing that should help Posey, he said, is that "mentally he’s as tough as there is."

"It’s all about the mental toughness that you need to play this game and being resilient and washing those games off that might not have gone so well for you," Bochy said. "And (Posey is) as good as there is, I think, especially at his age."

Here’s the full Giants lineup today against Cleveland righty Zach McAllister:

CF Pagan

RF Pence

1B Belt

C Posey

LF Morse

3B Sandoval

SS Crawofrd

2B Hicks

P Lincecum

And the Indians’ lineup against Lincecum:

CF Bourn

1B Swisher

2B Kipnis

3B Santana

LF Brantley

SS Cabrera

C Gomes

RF Murphy

P McAllister

* The Giants are paying tribute today to the 1954 team that won the franchise’s first World Series title in 21 years, sweeping the 111-game winner Cleveland Indians in a series probably best remembered for Willie Mays making "The Catch" in Game 1.

Mays talked with reporters briefly this morning and said this of that Indians team:

"The pitching they had, the pitching might have been equal or better than we had. You had three 20-game winners, one 19, two 15. That’ll scare you right there. Then you had the (A.L.) batting champion over there Al Rosen, I think he hit 37 home runs that year. So they had a very good team playing every day."

So was the Giants’ win an upset?

"Well we won over 100 games too that year," Mays said. "You can’t say (we were) better because we only played four games and they won 111 games. We were just better at the four games that we won. We’d played them in spring training very well. We used to play them good all the time."

Mays is due to take part in pre-game ceremonies today.

* One note from Friday night: Tim Hudson became the third Giants pitcher since 1958 to throw at least seven innings in each of his first five starts for the team. Jack Sanford (who did so in his first seven starts in 1959) and Bill Swift (who did it in his first five starts in 1992) are the other two, according to the Giants’ game notes.

* Tim Lincecum starts for the Giants today and will be pitching against the Indians for the first time in his career. Cleveland is one of only two teams Lincecum has never faced (the White Sox are the other), so cross one off the list.