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Hunter Pence to bat leadoff for the Giants

Jul 3, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

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The Giants just got shut out for the third time in nine games. That has led Bruce Bochy to shake things up in the lineup. From Hank Schulman:

After the Giants fell to the Cardinals 2-0 Wednesday night, Bochy said he will drop Gregor Blanco from the leadoff spot and replace him with Hunter Pence, perhaps as soon as Thursday.

When Brandon Belt returns from nearly two months on the disabled list Friday he will bat second behind Pence.

I dig it. Blanco has an OBP of .305. Pence: .355. Obviously the Giants have more problems on offense than that — and not having Brandon Belt around lately has been a big problem — but what’s happening right now isn’t working, so why not make a change?

  1. sometimesimisscandlestick - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I like this idea. It seems a little unorthodox, but just might give the Giants that extra spark that’s been missing the last month.

  2. sasgon - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Hunter suggested batting lead-off last year, but Bochy didn’t have the guts. This year Pence has been just fine batting second, and should get the chance to bat first, seeing as we’re in a rerun from last year. Someone should also figure out what happened to Morse’s bat.

    • thisdamnbox - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Good hitting is contagious, and so is bad hitting (oxymoron?). Once Pagan went down and the, damn near useless, Blanco, became a full-time guy, the contagion was set loose on Pence, Morse, Crawford and whomever else was doing well early on. Incidentally, Posey and Panda were inoculated against it from the early bout of futility..

  3. twinfan24 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Reminiscent of when the Nats batted Werth leadoff for a while a couple years ago.

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