San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is expected back in the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. The seven-year veteran missed the last two games after suffering a strained right hamstring in Saturday’s 10-9 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 31-year-old stated that he could have suited up for Monday night’s series opener against the Phillies, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided it would be best to give him one more night off.
“It’s not bad to give it another day just to make sure I won’t have any setbacks,” Pagan said before Monday’s game, according to SFGiants.com. “I’m going to prepare just like I would for any game and be ready just in case.”
Pagan began the season red hot on offense, and has been very consistent at the plate in 2013. He already posted a seven-game hit streak from April 6-12 in which he batted .379 (11-for-29) with four RBI and eight runs. More importantly, San Francisco won four of those seven games.
It is important for Pagan to remain consistent on offense and get on base as much as he can, considering he is the leadoff hitter. The Giants are lucky to have someone who has experience hitting No. 1 in the batting order. It truly makes a huge difference when a team is able to get base runners in front of the sluggers.
“It’s one of the toughest spots to fill,” Bochy told SFGiants.com. “There are a lot of guys who are not comfortable leading off.”
Since 2010, Pagan is batting .286 with 15 home runs, 75 RBI, 53 walks, 44 doubles, 18 triples and 131 runs in 781 at-bats in the leadoff spot.