With a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians, the San Francisco Giants extend their winning streak to 3 games as they prepare to play the final game of the series on Sunday. In the last 10 games they have gone 5 and 5 and are only now getting back into a winning rhythm reminiscent of the beginning of the season. The reason? They’ve picked up their bats and have started to hit the ball.
The biggest hitters over the last few games come from the outfield: Angel Pagan at Center, Michael Morse in Left, and Hunter Pence in Right. The team’s power hitters, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Brandon Belt, have struggled at the plate lately, but the remainder of the lineup has responded by making big plays.
Pagan has the highest overall batting average, on base percentage, and number of hits for the Giants, and has proven himself to be a powerful leadoff batter despite the injury to his knee. In Saturday’s game against Cleveland he doubled in the 1st and hit a sacrifice fly for an RBI, and in the first game of the series he singled twice and stole second, eventually scoring after a single from Hunter Pence. After struggling in Colorado, Pagan is back with a vengeance in this series.
Morse has had 5 hits in his last 5 games, leads the Giants in RBIs, and has one of the highest slugging percentages on the team. Some of his highlights from this Cleveland series include a sacrifice fly for an RBI, a home run with a true distance of 442 feet (2nd in distance at AT&T Park this year only to a homer he hit back in early April), and a single that started a rally in Saturday’s game which gave the Giants 4 runs and the lead in the ball game.
Although Pence started the season slowly, he has recently become one of the hottest hitters on the team. He has 10 hits in his last 5 games, boasting a triple and a pair of singles in this series so far. He leads the team in runs, is tied with Pagan for doubles, and is one of only a handful of players to hit a triple. His on base percentage is strong at .343, and he has shown that he is capable of capitalizing on that time spent on base with a team high of 15 runs.
The outfielders are not the only ones to contribute to the team’s successes in these recent games, but they are currently some of the most productive hitters, something the Giants have lacked lately. The Giants look to sweep Cleveland in the final game of the series on Sunday and Pagan, Morse, and Pence could help offset a struggling Vogelsong if they continue to play as well as they have.
Source: San Francisco Giants 2014 Batting / Hitting Statistics – ESPN