Angel in the OF…or not?
With his latest deal for Hunter Pence, Sabean has apparently solidified the two corner OF spots between Henter Pence and Melky Cabrera, hopefully for this year and beyond. So that leaves CF for today’s discussion.
Prior to the last two days at Coors, Pagan was 5 for his last 26 with 0 BBs and 5 Ks. Vs. the Rox pitching staff so far he has gone 7 for 10 with 2 BBs, scored 6 drove in 4 and homered. All this while back in the leadoff spot and mostly hitting right handed.
After a great May that saw his OPS for the month at .884, June it dropped to ..608, and July fell further to .550. The OB went from .422 to .302 and finally .244 in July. Back to leadoff? Hmnn…gotta admit that was quite a ballsy move by Bochy. Pagan has hit better at home, with the OB 50 points higher, and has also done better vs. LHP, again the OPS being 50 pts higher.
Unfortunately, the similar drop off from blanco certainly had something to do with that. Eerily, Blanco’s OPS for May was almost exactly the same, and his June and July numbers also plummeted dramatically. June and July his OB numbers dropped to .277 and .310; his pre-AS game OPS was .711, post-AS .519. Ouch. He is 2 fo his last 20 (with 4 BBs thrown in), but unlike Pagan his OPS is 90 pts higher on the road than at ATT.
So what do you do? Is this the spark that gets Pagan back toward the stats he was putting up earlier, particularly as a leadoff? Can Blanco be a capable back up at any OF position, or does he deserve more PT than that? Is Gary Brown a Sept. call up? If so, how much PT does he deserve in the heat of a pennant race that might bring back quite a lot of “torture” for Giants fans? How much run do you think Bochy would give him, or would that depend more on whether Pagan can keep up the good work? Next year I guess, is still too far out, but I’ve already seen a few posts by those not inclined to keep Pagan around.
As always, just when you seemingly come up with a few answers, more questions abound. I’ll leave you with this observation from our intrepid reporter Snarkk, as posted here 7/25 at 8:57. “I don’t know how it looked on TV, but from my view in the Park today, I thought Pagan was going to get to that fly to left center in the 4th (Lincecum game). He got a slow jump, and for my money, that ball could have been caught.” We all saw the fab DP with crawford and belt, and of course last two days—so who is the real Angel Pagan?