Overcoming the simultaneous absences of Aoki and right fielder Hunter Pence certainly will challenge the Giants. “If we want to be the ball club we want to be, somebody’s going to have to step up,” ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner said. They have men who can accomplish this, if they’re placed in positions to succeed.
— Chris Haft
Half Baked is a very readable Giants Blog written my favorite SF Giants beat writer Chris Haft. He shares his ideas which most likely are based on some real inside information.Alex Pavlovic who was the previous holder of the title, “favorite beat writer” now rich and famous- I hear you have to subscribe to cable to see him these days- shared his inside info in a tweet
I found the comment from a reader to be very honest and I have to agree with the scenario laid out. This wasn’t easy for me as I am a HUGE Belt fan and I like him at first base. Hunter’s defiantly having a hard time staying healthy this season so getting someone else comfortable out there makes sense. I think Pence will remain the “Preacher of Inspiration” for the Giants in any aspect.
We will have to go with what ever changes are made I am just hoping there isn’t a lot of switching around because I didn’t think it was funny when Abbot & Costello did it.
Wednesday, June 24
SAN FRANCISCO — Nori Aoki’s temporary replacement in left field could already be on the active Major League roster, and it isn’t Gregor Blanco or Justin Maxwell.
It’s Brandon Belt.
The Giants might have to tolerate an occasional defensive misplay from Belt, who has vastly more experience at first base than he does in left. But the offensive potential that San Francisco would gain by having Belt in left, Buster Posey at first base and Andrew Susac catching eclipses any other alternative.
Simpler, more obvious options abound: Summoning Juan Perez or Jarrett Parker from Triple-A Sacramento and plugging one of them in a corner outfield spot while Blanco or Maxwell occupies the other. Or, playing Blanco in left and Maxwell in right every day.
These are “safe” combinations that would provide adequate defense. And we all know that the Giants are rooted in pitching and defense. For…
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