The San Francisco Giants are currently tied for first place in the National League West with a 5-3 record. A lot of this has to do with the outstanding play of a few key players on offense, led by slugger Pablo Sandoval.
The third baseman is leaving right where he left off after last year’s outstanding postseason performance. The 2012 World Series Most Valuable Player is batting .345 (10-for-29) with two home runs, six RBI, three walks, three runs and a .424 on-base percentage in 29 at-bats this season. No player on the Giants has matched his power while also hitting well above .300 through the first eight games in 2013.
Center Fielder Angel Pagan is another player who is performing at a high level so far this year. The 31-year-old is off to one of the hottest starts to a season in his seven-year career. Pagan has posted a .364 batting average with four RBI, six runs, one double, one triple, one walk and one stolen base in a team-high 33 at-bats. His batting average is the best on the team among players that have at least six at-bats.
The most productive run producer so far has been Hunter Pence, which should not surprise many. The 29-year-old has thoroughly enjoyed his time since joining San Francisco late last season. He was not as productive as he would have liked to be after joining the team, but he figures he can make up for it in 2013.
Pence is batting .300 with a team-high three home runs, seven RBI, three runs, one double, two walks and one stolen base in 30 at-bats. He has been a big part of why the Giants have taken two games from the Colorado Rockies in the current series, as he is 3-for-9 with one homer and five RBI.
If San Francisco wants to win a second World Series title in two years, they will need these players to continue being productive at the plate.