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5 San Francisco Giants Players Who Impressed in Week 2

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5 Giants Who Have Impressed During the First Homestand

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The San Francisco Giants have cooled off a bit in their second week of the season, losing two of three to the Arizona Diamondbacks and splitting their first two games with the Colorado Rockies. Today’s contest with Colorado will determine whether they can come away with a split in their first homestand. Despite the struggles this week, several Giants have still been impressive, and here are the five who shined most brightly in week two.

5. Angel Pagan

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5. Angel Pagan

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Though he went 0-for-4 on Saturday, Pagan kept up his torrid pace through the early part of the week, going 6-for-12 against the Diamondbacks. The 32-year-old is showing why the Giants suffered so much without his bat in the lineup for a large part of last year, and his consistency with getting on base has allowed the Giants to facilitate an impressive amount of offense in the early going.

4. Tim Hudson

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4. Tim Hudson

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Though his numbers don’t look overly impressive peripherally—three runs given up and only four strikeouts—Hudson was dominant for eight innings in the Giants’ home opener on Tuesday. Hudson has been the steadiest presence in the Giants’ rotation so far, and if he continues pitching like this he’ll both make GM Brian Sabean look like a genius and put himself in prime contention for Comeback Player of the Year honors.

3. Michael Morse

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3. Michael Morse

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After being a key part of the Giants’ first week success, Morse has kept up his clutch hitting during the second week, going 6-for-17 with five RBI and a homer. In a nearly equal turn of events, Morse hasn’t been a massive liability in left field at AT&T Park so far. While he might not have the greatest range, he hasn’t made any costly errors, which is a definite plus given the offense he’s provided.

2. Matt Cain

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2. Matt Cain

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While Tim Hudson was fantastic in the home opener, Matt Cain made the most impressive start of the week, going seven innings and giving up only one run on four hits. While Cain took the loss in a heated pitching duel, he proved that he’s still capable of dominance. If the Giants can provide him with some offense, Cain is certainly still a force to be reckoned with on the mound.

1. Brandon Crawford

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1. Brandon Crawford

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After staying rather quiet during the Giants’ first week, Crawford has really come alive at the plate during the homestand, going 7-for-17 with four RBI. Bruce Bochy warned that Crawford could enter into a partial platoon this season. However, with his flawless defense and hot start at the plate, Crawford thus far has provided reason to believe that he can continue to be an everyday player long term.