SAN FRANCISCO -- Fans demand and speculation persists that the Giants must acquire a more experienced and accomplished catcher to help them reach the postseason. But Eli Whiteside is blissfully unaware of the hubbub. "I don't read the paper. I don't look at the Internet," said Whiteside, who became San Francisco's primary catcher when Buster Posey was sidelined in late May with a broken bone in his lower leg and three torn ankle ligaments. Whiteside, who received a rest Thursday, is batting only .221 overall but has hit .323 (10-for-31) with six RBIs in his last 10 games. That includes his 2-for-4, three-RBI effort in Wednesday's 5-1 triumph over Minnesota.
Whiteside attributed his mini-surge to increased activity.
"It's a little bit easier to make adjustments when you get consistent at-bats," said Whiteside, 31. "I hope it continues."Pitchers emphasize that Whiteside capably handles the staff and defends his position, which remain the top priorities for any catcher. Said Ryan Vogelsong, who worked seven solid innings Wednesday, "He doesn't make me think much. He allows me to concentrate on what I'm doing mechanically. It's really nice when I can just watch him put down the fingers, [nod] my head and throw the pitch." "We've never thought we needed another catcher," right-hander Sergio Romo said. "We look at what he and [Chris] Stewart can do behind the plate. ... Offensively, whatever they contribute, we accept. We don't expect them to be the MVP. ... They're very capable of doing what we ask."