The San Francisco Giants usually have the pitching down every season. The question of success often lies with the offense. Will they score enough runs to match their pitching? Here are three areas where the Giants can improve their offense in 2017.
The San Francisco Giants have not had anybody hit more than 30 home runs since Barry Bonds did it in 2004. Despite the so-called “power outage” the Giants have experienced, they have still won three world series over the last decade, which is more than any other team in baseball can boast.
There offense those seasons have never been about power numbers, it’s simply been about scoring runs. There are multiple keys to how the Giants offense ticks: high on-base percentages, coupled with smart base-running and timely hitting, the Giants have easily scored enough runs to give their pitching staff something to work with.
Last year, the bullpen failed, but the offense failed in a few places as well. Injuries don’t help, as that plagued consistent production cogs in the lineup like Joe Panik and Hunter Pence. But there were some stark production level drops in players where we had come to expect that level of output.
For the purpose of credibility, most stats in this article are provided by Baseball-Reference and their play index and splits tool, unless noted elsewhere. So here are three areas where the Giants offense needs to fix for 2017.