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The San Francisco Giants Offensive Revitalization and Its Effect

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 22: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants flys out after setting a new MLB record with a 21 pitch at bat in the first inning of the game off starting pitcher Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 22: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants flys out after setting a new MLB record with a 21 pitch at bat in the first inning of the game off starting pitcher Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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The past couple of seasons taught us more than a few things about the San Francisco Giants. Most noticeable of these lessons is the fact that they struggle to score.

Whether it be the with the long ball or a constant barrage of hits, the San Francisco Giants have faced a multitude of offensive struggles in the recent past. But a run of early success scoring inspires hope that this team may be turning things around.

Early on in the year, the Giants continued last season’s unimpressive ability to leave runners on base without scoring.

Although a few showings of power saved a couple of games, there was a feeling that this team would put up just as much fight as they did last year.

To the surprise of many though, the San Francisco Giants bats have started to come alive. After their first series win of the year against the Angels, the Giants have been playing just well enough to maintain a .500 record on a team riddled with key injuries.

In the time since their first series win, the Giants have a record of 10-7 scoring at least four runs in 10 games.

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It is clear that the ability to jump on opposing starters and score some runs early has played the biggest role in this team’s recent success.

To put this all in context, the Giants are on average creating 4.2 runs per 27 outs as compared to 2017 when that number was down around 3.92.

While this season is only a small sample size to this point, it is a trend to watch especially with the guys like Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt finding their swings.

The San Francisco Giants ability to score is not only an offensive blessing though. The fact is, that it is taking pressure off of the pitchers as well.

Instead of having to make a perfect pitch every pitch, the starters and bullpen alike can breathe a little easier.

Knowing that day in and day out the bats will show up does a great deal for the pitchers, especially less experienced arms like Chris Stratton and Andrew Suarez.

As the Giants get healthier it will be interesting to watch and see if they have the ability to continue a more offensive trend. If they have the ability to keep the bats alive and score at a high clip, who knows how far this team can go.

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