Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; National League catcher Buster Posey (28) of the San Francisco Giants reacts after striking out in the 7th inning in the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 7/19: Giants Second Half, A's Confidence Carried Over, Raiders Tight Ends Breakdown

Can Giants recover in 2nd half?

Buster Posey had to think about it for a second, but yeah. Going back to high school, college and the pros, this is the first time he really has learned about life on a losing team.

“I would say so,” Posey said, “but at the same time, I would say the season is not over. I hesitate to even recognize a losing anything because there still is whatever we have, 65 or 70 games to go.”

The actual number is 68, and sure, anything can happen. However, after a 43-51 first half, the Giants might not get 68 games to keep this ship from running aground.

-Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

A’s confidence carried over from 2012

At this point last season, the A’s didn’t even have a winning record – and they still went on to win the division.

Now, Oakland is in first place and has its best record at this point of the season since 1990. The A’s 55 wins match the most ever by an Oakland team before the break.

Some might look at this as simply a continuation of last year’s second half, when the A’s dashed down the stretch, going 51-26.

-Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle

Raiders position-by-position breakdown: tight ends

This position group is remarkably thin, with little experience atop the depth chart. Gordon and Ausberry have 10 career receptions between them, and they’ll be expected to be take over for Myers in the passing game. Ausberry should get the first crack at a starting spot and the first chance to mimic Myers’ 2012 rise to prominence. Their role in the running game might be more crucial given the Raiders’ new power blocking scheme. Ausberry and Gordon both have size and strength, vital to opening holes for a rushing game vital to this season’s offensive success.

-Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area


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