Entering his fourth season with the San Francisco Giants, Andres Torres returns after spending a season with the New York Mets to make an impact in an offense that’s been struggling to bring runs home. Unfortunately, he’s been struggling like the rest of the batters so far.
Torres returns to the seventh spot in the starting lineup with just two hits, drawing no walks, and striking out three times in his 12 at bats this season. He’s right after Brandon Belt, who’s been dealing with his own problems offensively (one hit on 14 AB), and before Brandon Crawford. Against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Torres went just 1-7 in two starts.
More action will need to come from the bottom of the lineup. In the first six games, the Giants overall as a team are just 5-29 with runners in scoring position. Along with Joaquin Arias and Gregor Blanco, who have started in positions 6-8 this season, Belt, Torres and Crawford are a combined 11 hits in 62 AB (.177 percent), one RBI and 13 strikeouts. That one RBI is Arias, who also is the only one with no strikeouts.
Perhaps it will be a continuous rotation for the immediate future, but players will have to make their case to stay in the starting lineup. If Torres wants more at bats he has to earn it in this series against the Rockies and make an impact offensively to help a struggling team. Or else, he’ll just be a shell of his 2010 campaign where he had over 500 ABs and a .268 batting average.