In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Salty and Buch were in perfect sync yesterday. It was mostly about Buch's stuff, but he barely shook off Salty the whole game. Salty and this pitching staff are noticably more comfortable and know eachother much better. I think we will see even more improvement this year.
Yes, as I have been saying since may of 2012. Salty is improving with the staff. Let's give him a chan ce to see how far it goes.
I can't give Salty a great deal of credit for turning the staff around because hes been here for three years with most of these starters and hasn't been around guys like Dempster, Bailey, Uehara and others much at all. I think the fact its happened quickly leans towards bringing in Farrell, Nieves and our FO creating a much better team chemistry.
What I do give Salty credit for so far are the little things a catcher must do in order for the pitching staff to respect and feel comfortable with him. In that respect "Yes" it will surely help our staff. Good game calling skills are great to have but take years for some and never happen with others. Our staff knows how to pitch so Salty helps most by .........
#1 Not allowing balls to get by him
#2 Keeping runners honest at 1B more often
#3 Giving us some offensive support
#4 Having strong leadership skills
I'm sure Salty is getting more familar with our staff, as he should be after three years. If he can raise/keep his OBP respectable this season and continue doing the little things, then we have a viable starter long term.