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Jun 10, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) misses the catch on a ball hit by New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (not pictured) during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Angel Pagan in danger of losing his job?
Pagan hasn’t inspired much confidence at the plate or in the field this season, and the latter has looked particularly suspect of late. In the Giants’ series opener against the D-Backs, there were a couple balls hit to deep center that looked catchable—or at least within range—that Pagan let sail over his head.
His lack of aggressiveness could be due to a lingering knee injury, via Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area, but that doesn’t excuse his overall defense this season, which puts Pagan in the bottom three in all defensive metrics amongst starting center fielders.
Moreover, those plays underscore the elephant in the room: the fact that Pagan’s best days are likely behind him.
With Gregor Blanco seeing the ball better than he has at any point in his Giants career (.305/.377/.422 slash line) one has to wonder if the team will look to make a switch in center once Nori Aoki is ready to return. It would hurt to lose Blanco as a utility All-Star off the bench, but he’s worthy of a starting gig until he cools off.
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