Five good reasons the San Francisco Giants can win without Melky Cabrera: No. 4, The Giants have endured worse (Buster Posey)

The loss of Melky Cabrera was truly devasting. But it’s nothing new to the Giants.

It can’t compare to when the Giants lost Buster Posey for the season in 2011.

Many pundits like to say the Giants’ 2011 season effectively ended with Posey’s season ended with his ankle injury. Giants fans know better.

When Posey’s season ended last year, the Giants were left with a lineup consisting of ailing Pat Burrell and Cody Ross and inept players like Aubrey Huff, Miguel Tejada, Andres Torres and Aaron Rowand. Freddy Sanchez’s season would end a couple weeks later. Put it all together and the Giants had the most anemic offense in many years.

The Giants tried to replace Posey, who was playing a more vital position than Cabrera’s left field, with two players who struggled to hit .200 — Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart.

And the loss of Posey didn’t last six-plus weeks. It was four-plus months.

Still, the Giants managed to remain competitve and stayed in first place into August. Their playoff push was eventually derailed by injuries to Brian Wilson, Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt, not to mention a DL stint by Carlos Beltran.

Even with all that, the Giants made a late push in September that almost got them back into the wild-card race.

If the Giants could do that in 2011 without Posey, the 2012 Giants certainly could manage with Cabrera.

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