As we are now a quarter of the way through the season, the moves made in the offseason by the San Francisco Giants are working out as expected.
Longoria got off to a slow start but now leads the team with 8 home runs. He’s also hitting .243 with 19 runs scored and a team-high 22 RBI. While the batting average and .268 on-base-percentage (OBP) are low, he’s giving you the power we needed.
On the other hand, McCutchen has provided as much power as hoped with just 3 home runs, but he has scored 25 times with an OBP of .374. The outfielder is also hitting .259 with 15 RBI and 3 stolen bases.
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Austin Jackson is the one that hasn’t produced to maybe some of our expectations. I didn’t expect much from him at the plate, and his .227 average and .309 OBP is about what I thought he would do. But what I did think would happen was improved center field defense.
According to ESPN he has a negative 0.9 defensive WAR. He’s only made 2 errors in 58 chances, but it’s not like he’s making spectacular plays and preventing runs from scoring.
As for Holland, he’s had some good moments on the mound mixed in with some stinkers. That’s about what we all expected from the veteran. His ERA currently sits at 4.79 and I’d love to see that more around 4.50.
If our starting rotation ever gets back to full strength I think Holland could be a dynamite relievers as he’s striking out nearly a batter an inning this year.
I certainly can’t speak for everyone, but I think we’ve gotten exactly what we paid for this past offseason. Now whether or not that’s enough for this team to make the playoffs is yet to be seen.
McCutchen could provide some more power, Longoria could get on base a little more, Jackson could play better defense and Holland could be a little more consistent.
But through the first quarter of the season, I would say these offseason acquisitions are doing their part.