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Buster Posey on Giants' bench Thursday afternoon

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is not in the starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale against right-hander Pierce Johnson and the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Curt Casali is starting at catcher over Posey and hitting eighth. Kris Bryant is moving up into the three-hole in place of Posey.

numberFire’s models project Bryant for 10.8 FanDuel points and he has a $3,800 salary on Thursday’s slate. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Giants have an implied total of 4.5 runs. Johnson is registering a 32.1 strikeout percentage this season that ranks in the top 8% of the league, with a 3.62 xERA and a .291 xwOBA.