Krukow calls Posey 'must-see TV' with his hot start right now

Buster Posey

At this point, it's hard to decide if the Giants being in first place of the NL West on May 10 or Buster Posey's power surge to start the season is a bigger surprise. 

Both have San Francisco buzzing, and as Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said Monday morning on KNBR's "Murph & Mac Show," you have to tune in when it's Posey's turn to bat.

"The balance that he's had, the power that he's had, his ability to hit the inside pitch -- all those things, that's stuff that we saw him have as a young player," Krukow said. "Now he's got it going again. ... It's must-see TV when he comes up and steps in that batter's box. You look at the dugouts on both sides when a great player gets it goin', they're all watchin'.

"I think that's one of the cool things that needs to be pointed out. ... That is very cool when you're doing that, especially when you're an older player."

Posey comes into Monday night's matchup against the Texas Rangers batting .400 through his first 22 games. Even more importantly, his power is back. 

The veteran catcher already has eight home runs, which is one more than he had all of 2019, the last season he played. That also is the same amount of homers as sluggers such as Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz and Javier Baez, all of whom have played much more games than Posey. 

His 1.231 OPS also is better than Trout (1.201). Posey has been so good at the plate, his 1.8 oWAR is tied for the fourth-highest in the game, per Baseball-Reference.

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The last few seasons Posey played felt like a Giants icon slowly fading away, especially in the batter's box. After hitting 22 homers in 2014, he had four straight seasons where his home run total declined every year until he hit seven two seasons ago. But stepping away from the game and focusing on family last year clearly was the best thing for him. 

Now, fans need to flock to Oracle Park or turn on their TV every time the former MVP is up to bat.

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