The San Francisco Giants offense woke up today. They rocked the Rockies in a 9-4 win. Brandon Crawford was the focal point of the offense. He finished the day with 3 hits and 4 RBI.
Crawford has been one of the best hitters in May. This is a welcomed surprise for San Francisco Giants fans. However, he could not buy a hit in April. He has been scorching hot in May. As a result, his batting average has experienced a pretty huge spike:
Ultimately, it takes a lot of good games for a player to raise his batting average by over 100 basis points after the first month. However, Crawford has done just that.
In the third inning, Crawford gave the Giants struggling offense a boost. He hit a 2 RBI double to the opposite field. When he is driving the ball to the opposite field, his hitting mechanics are in sync.
Plus, hitting away from the shift does not give the defense a chance. This hit gave the Giants a one-run advantage. As a result, they never looked back. Additionally, they continued to tack on insurance runs. Who does not like a good insurance run or five?
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Crawford hit a bloop single beyond the reach of Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. If the Rockies had Brandon Crawford as their shortstop, he would have probably made the play on the bloop single. However, there is only one Brandon Crawford. And, the Giants have him.
By the sixth inning, the game was nearly out of reach for the Rockies. However, Crawford made the game completely out of reach with one swing of the bat. He came to the plate with a runner on base, and launched a ball over the right-center field wall. This was not a cheap home run. Rather, this is where the big boys hit them at AT&T Park.
Ultimately, Crawford’s glove is always going to be his strength. As a result, he is one of the best shortstops in baseball. And, he has three Gold Gloves to prove it. However, any offense that comes from Crawford’s bat is a bonus.
Regardless, Crawford does not need to be a major run producer. The Giants have quite a few good bats in their lineup to produce runs. However, when his bat gets going, he offers considerable overall value. The type of value that puts him in the hunt for an All-Star selection.
He is batting .302 with a .786 OPS. This put him in the upper echelon of offensive productivity for National League shortstops. If he is able to sustain this production, he will undeniably be one of the better Brandons on the Giants roster.