The San Francisco Giants are so thrilled to have Angel Pagan back in the lead off position in the lineup and providing stability back to the team.
Pagan had surgery on his left hamstring back in June and returned to the lineup on August 30th in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. The Giants are 7-7 since Pagan came back.
When Pagan sustained the injury during his incredible walk-off inside-the-park home run back on May 25th versus the Colorado Rockies, the Giants were 27-22. Pagan missed 82 games and the team went 32-52 without him. The Giants could not replace his presence atop that lead off spot, where he generated rallies, a spark and was simply outstanding last season.
The switch-hitter is batting .370 in 12 games, smacking 17 hits, three doubles, one triple, one RBI, four walks, five strikeouts, three stolen bases and scored seven runs in 46 at-bats. He is producing a .420 on-base percentage and .478 slugging percentage equaling a .898 OPS. The 32-year-old has recorded four multi-hit games and two three-hit games since his return.
If Pagan had not gotten injured, the Giants are probably in contention and playing meaningful games in September. A healthy Pagan in 2014 will help the Giants greatly if they want to return to postseason.
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