The San Francisco Giants may have had a losing season in 2013, but right fielder Hunter Pence was a winner all season as he clearly demonstrated he was the team's best player throughout the year.
Pence enjoyed a great season, batting .283 with 178 hits, 35 doubles, five triples, a career-high 27 home runs, 99 RBI's, 52 walks, 115 strikeouts, 22 stolen bases and scored 91 runs in 162 games. He produced a .339 on-base percentage and .483 slugging percentage reaching a .822 OPS. Pence became the seventh player in the SF era to reach the exclusive 20/20 club with home runs and stolen bases.
Pence became the first Giants player to start every game in a season since shortstop Alvin Dark started all 154 games back in 1954 and is the first outfielder since Bobby Thomson to play in every game. Thomson played in all 156 games back in 1949.
The righty recorded 54 multi-hit games, 11 three-hit games, one four-hit game and one five-hit game this season. The two-time All-Star really came alive during the second half, playing some incredible baseball. He showcased a .314 batting average with 80 hits, 13 doubles, 13 home runs and 51 RBI's in 68 games. Pence batted .309 versus left-handers and .274 against righties.
Pence had an amazing .293 average with runners in scoring position, smacking 53 hits, 13 doubles, six homers and 71 RBI's. He was also clutch with a .381 average with the bases loaded, connecting with eight hits and 22 RBI's in 21 at-bats.
The 30-year-old put everyone on notice during a four-game series at Dodger Stadium in September against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Pence finished the series with five home runs and 12 RBI's, while becoming the third player to record five home runs at Dodger Stadium and became the third player to homer five times in a series against the Dodgers. He joined Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979 and Frank Thomas of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1958. His 12 RBI's in a single series tied the franchise record with Dick Dietz, who produced 12 RBI's back in 1970 from July 6-9.
Lastly, Pence joined Willie Mays as the last Giants player to homer in four straight games versus the Dodgers as Mays did so from August 19-22, 1965.
The good times kept rolling for Pence as he was chosen as the winner of the Willie Mac Award named after the Giants legend and Hall of Famer. After winning that award, more great news came as Pence agreed to a five-year deal worth $90 million to stay with the Giants.
Defensively, Pence committed just seven errors out in right field and finished the season with a .982 fielding percentage.
With Pence penciled in right field for the next few years, the Giants have stability with him in the lineup and expect an even better 2014 season from mister consistent.
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