San Francisco Giants: 3 Up and 3 Down from Week 3
By Jeff Young
The San Francisco are hitting like… Well, the San Francisco Giants. They continue to struggle to score runs in the hitter-friendly Cactus League.
The struggle is not an issue across the league. As Kerry Crowley of the San Jose Mercury News pointed out, the San Francisco Giants had scored just 83 runs in a span of 21 games. That is an average just below 4 runs.
For years, the Giants offense was built to score just enough runs. Just enough runs was usually 4 runs per game as their chances of winning greatly increased at that point.
If the Giants struggle to score runs in the Cactus League, the issue will not improve as they move back to the cold, expansive dimensions of Oracle Park.
The hope is that many of the established players are working on their swing mechanics so poor spring stats are part of the process.
It seems like several players who sustained injuries last season including Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, and Evan Longoria are all off to a hot start this spring. Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey have been less hot, or cold as the laymen say, as they recover from injury.
At this point in the spring, roster cuts are taking place and camp battles are coming in to focus. There are not many roster spots open, but it seems like the San Francisco Giants will add a few non-roster invitees.
For the 3rd week of Spring Training, the good have been Brandon Belt, Trevor Gott, and Steven Vogt.
The lows from the 3rd week include Steven Okert, Pat Venditte, and Pablo Sandoval.