Hunter Pence’s return, Brandon Belt’s surge and 5 other catalysts in the San Francisco Giants’ recent turnaround

By Matthew Connolly
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May 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) hits a two RBI against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Crawford becoming a two-way star  

Don’t look now, but the Giants’ former light-hitting shortstop has evolved into the team’s top run producer. Brandon Crawford easily leads the team in RBIs (25) and appears to have blossomed into a legit power threat (6 HR, .512 SLG).

With his defense still as stout as ever, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Crawford takes his talents to the All-Star game in 2015.

Until then, let us bask in the glory of his grand slams:

Third base no longer a red flag

Casey McGehee’s another guy I’ve given a really hard time, and for good measure, but his struggles were not for lack of effort.

More recently, he’s yielded some starts to a red-hot Matt Duffy, and it seems to have helped him settle down to the tune of five-game hit streak and respectable .250 average in May. Speaking of the Duffman, the kid boasts a .392/.412/.455 slash line in his own right this month.

The gaping hole at third doesn’t seem quite so large anymore.

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