The defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants are poised to, once again, have a successful MLB regular season. Through 39 games, they hold a 1.5-game lead in the National League West and have a 23-16 record. Despite a shaky start from their ace starting pitcher, Matt Cain, they have still been able to find success, especially at the plate.
The usual suspects like Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey have been doing their part over the first part of the season by producing a solid number of runs. Over the month of May, though, the Giants have been getting a surprising and tremendous lift from Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro with their surprising proficiency with the bat.
In 11 games in May, Scutaro has had 46 at-bats and has an incredible .478 batting average, a .510 OBP and a fantastic 1.228 OPS. Scutaro also has seven extra-base hits in that time, including two triples and one home run. He also has scored 10 runs over that time and has driven in five runs, as well, while only striking out once. He’s been seemingly hitting every pitch he sees.
Pence has been on the same type of tear, but with even more power. In 12 games he has been up to bat 47 times and is hitting .354 for the month with a .404 OBP and an impressive 1.071 OPS. Over that time he has also hit three dingers, knocked six doubles and has driven in eight runs. Pence has been consistent and powerful, what teams have hoped he would be since he got called up to the majors.
Posey and Sandoval are obviously still the leaders of this ball club, but with the Giants’ pitching not living up to expectations, they have needed other hitters to step up with the bat. At least in the month of May, Scutaro and Pence have been those guys, keeping San Francisco atop their division.