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San Francisco Giants: 5 keys to success in 2020

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants speaks to players during batting practice prior to the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on April 09, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants speaks to players during batting practice prior to the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on April 09, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 12: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants watches the ball after hitting a double in the bottom of the eighteenth inning against the Colorado Rockies to the at Oracle Park on April 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Bolstering the Offense

It is no secret that the key weakness of the San Francisco Giants is hitting. They have struggled mightily at the plate so far, and that is going to have to change going forward.

They do not necessarily need All-Stars up and down the lineup to win games and put runs on the board. That would be nice, but it’s not realistic.

Finding a reliable power-hitting outfielder would be a great first step, but it will take more than that to rebuild the offense.

That is why the idea of removing Triples Alley is being entertained. Moving the fences in would help the Giants put the ball over the fence more, but let’s not forget the other team will be taking aim at shortened fences then as well.

Personally, I am opposed to the removal of Triples Alley, and I reject the notion that the long ball is the only way the Giants can become more productive offensively.

The Giants have proven in the past that timely hitting can be extremely effective.

But how do you cultivate timely hitting? Is it just getting lucky and having guys get hits at opportune times?

Partly, but it is also about getting players who you know are going to bring the goods when the chips are down. It is not hard to find out who these players are. Stats like batting average with two outs or runners in scoring position are a good place to start.

Finding guys who can be counted on in the clutch will be the key to overhauling the offense.

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