San Francisco Giants: Best and Worst Hitters and Pitchers of June
By Hiren Patel
Raise your hand if you’re shocked by this one. No one? Okay, good, you’ve all been watching Giants baseball this past month.
The Gold Glove shortstop has hit his peak in June, leading the Giants offense with a stunning .326 average, 1.006 OPS, and 9 doubles for good measure over 25 games and 86 at-bats.
He hits in the heart of the order and is the key cog on defense for the club, routinely making difficult plays to help his pitchers get out of one tight jam after another.
In terms of on-base ability, Crawford led the club with 13 walks. Hell, let’s even add on his two stolen bases, which is tied for the club lead in June. There’s not much more you can ask of your starting shortstop.
After a brutal start to the season in April, Crawford has become a godsend for this lineup. While his smooth left-handed swing will never lead to 30 home runs, he is a consistent force in the middle of the lineup and is a threat against both righties and lefties.
And make sure you have voted for Crawford to be the starting shortstop in the All-Star Game in just a few a weeks!
Honorable Mentions: RF Andrew McCutchen (.850 OPS, 6 HR, 17 RBI), CF Gorkys Hernandez (.796 OPS, 4 HR, 14 RBI)
Cutch led the team with 6 long balls, 33 hits, 17 RBIs and 19 runs scored over the month. He also is the only hitter to play every June game for the Giants. However, he did strikeout 27 times, while walking just 6 times.
Gorkys also struck out 27 times and walked only 9 times in June, but he’s commandeered the starting center field job and put a much-needed spark into that position in the lineup. He’s also arguably become my favorite center fielder to watch since 2010 Andres Torres, so yeah I’ll talk about him when I can.