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The Addition Of Michael Morse Is Paying Early Dividends For The San Francisco Giants

Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Back in December I posted an article in regards to ESPN’s Jim Bowden saying that Mike Morse and Tim Hudson would be 2 of the Under The Radar Signings Of the Off-Season. One of our newest writers, Erin Wild, wrote last night about how Great Of An Addition Tim Hudson Has Been So Far. If early indications are any sign then Erin, Bowden and myself are dead on about Hudson and Morse.

It was no secret going into the 2014 season that Brian Sabean and the Giants needed to add some offense to a team that finished 10th in the National League in total runs scored, with 629 total runs in 2013 and 20 below the league average.

Tm #Bat BatAge R/G G PA AB R ▾ H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
STL 44 28.6 4.83 162 6202 5557 783 1494 322 20 125 745 45 22 481 1110 .269 .332 .401 .733
COL 43 27.7 4.36 162 6152 5599 706 1511 283 36 159 673 112 32 427 1204 .270 .323 .418 .741
CIN 39 28.5 4.31 162 6293 5499 698 1370 274 20 155 664 67 35 585 1245 .249 .327 .391 .718
ATL 44 26.8 4.25 162 6133 5441 688 1354 247 21 181 656 64 31 542 1384 .249 .321 .402 .723
ARI 44 28.2 4.23 162 6334 5676 685 1468 302 31 130 647 62 41 519 1142 .259 .323 .391 .715
WSN 44 27.7 4.05 162 6047 5436 656 1365 259 27 161 621 88 28 464 1192 .251 .313 .398 .710
LAD 49 30.6 4.01 162 6145 5491 649 1447 281 17 138 618 78 28 476 1146 .264 .326 .396 .722
LgAvg 45 28.3 4.00 162 6141 5513 649 1385 269 28 144 616 84 33 474 1225 .251 .315 .389 .703
MIL 40 27.9 3.95 162 6064 5474 640 1381 238 43 157 610 142 50 407 1183 .252 .311 .398 .708
PIT 49 27.9 3.91 162 6135 5486 634 1346 273 35 161 603 94 42 469 1330 .245 .313 .396 .709
SFG 44 28.7 3.88 162 6168 5552 629 1446 280 35 107 596 67 26 469 1078 .260 .320 .381 .702
NYM 53 28.3 3.82 162 6207 5559 619 1318 263 32 130 593 114 35 512 1384 .237 .306 .366 .672
SDP 47 28.1 3.81 162 6122 5517 618 1349 246 26 146 578 118 34 467 1309 .245 .308 .378 .686
PHI 51 30.0 3.77 162 6014 5456 610 1355 255 32 140 578 73 29 417 1205 .248 .306 .384 .690
CHC 56 27.9 3.72 162 6079 5498 602 1307 297 18 172 576 63 32 439 1230 .238 .300 .392 .693
MIA 53 27.7 3.17 162 6021 5449 513 1257 219 31 95 485 78 29 432 1232 .231 .293 .335 .627
675 28.3 4.00 2430 92116 82690 9730 20768 4039 424 2157 9243 1265 494 7106 18374 .251 .315 .389 .703
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Generated 5/2/2014.

During an injury riddled 2013 season, split between the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles, Morse hit 13 home runs and drove in 27 runs in 88 games.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2013 31 TOT AL 88 337 312 34 67 13 0 13 27 0 0 21 87 .215 .270 .381 .651 84
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Generated 5/2/2014.

All Giants left fielders combined to hit 5 home runs and drive in 52 runs for the entire 2013 season.

Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS sOPS+
as LF 162 660 599 56 154 25 4 5 52 11 5 52 135 .257 .314 .337 .651 79
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Generated 5/2/2014.

Already in the first month of the season, Morse has passed the home run totals of all of last years 9 left fielders, with 6. Morse does have a history of injury troubles, but if he can stay healthy all season and keep up this pace he will be one of the biggest bargains of the off-season, signed for 1 year at $6mm.

Not one of the Morse home runs have been “wall scrapers” as you can see by the videos below

Home Run Number 1 of the season

Number 2

Number 3

Number 4

Number 5

and finally his sixth home run of the season and month of April

If Morse can avoid the injuries that have plagued him throughout his career he will definitely earn that one year contract and may be in for a big raise in 2015 and more importantly will give the Giants some “boom” in the middle of their lineup

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