Although the Giants have won two World Championships since 2010, they have been trying to crack a code for years. They have been trying to find ways to instill power to a team that has greatly lacked thump. Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler (who is now a member of the Mets rotation) was sent packing to bring in Carlos Beltran in 2011. Beltran was not the answer as he struggled to stay on the field and left via free agency that winter.
Currently, Hunter Pence and Buster Posey are nice pieces. Even Brandon Belt showed signs of life last season with his impressive second half. But, this offense needs more to compete with the powerhouses in the league. By signing Michael Morse this offseason, they may have finally found the piece that can provide offense.
The slugging Morse put up some very impressive numbers with the Nationals. After playing mainly part time during much of his career, Morse finally started seeing consistent playing time during the 2010 season. That year he crushed 15 homeruns in just 96 games. The following season he hit .303 with 31 homers and 95 RBIs. He was even given some MVP consideration. In his final season with Washington he battled injuries, but was still able to hit a strong .291 and hit 18 more homeruns.
Last season however, was a difficult one for Morse as he suffered through injuries. All of his offensive numbers saw decline and he was only able to remain healthy for 88 games.
According to CBSsports.com’s Chris Cwik, Morse said he feels “120 percent” heading into the season after recovering from offseason wrist surgery. This is great news for the Giants. Defensively Morse may be an adventure moving from first to the outfield, but adding a bat like his will give the offense a whole new dimension. Morse may be the final piece that can “crack the code” and finally give the Giants a powerful offense.
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