Five questions the Giants need to answer during spring training

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Who will bat leadoff?

There are quite a few candidates for lead-off hitter, and chances are the team will cycle through lead-off hitters throughout the season based on who is hot and who is getting on base at a high rate.

Brandon Belt led off for the team for a good chunk of last year, but I wouldn’t expect to see that again this season. By the end of the season, Mike Yastrzemski was batting leadoff quite a bit, and Mauricio Dubon seems like another guy who, with solid speed, could be a good table setter.

Then there is the question of whether Billy Hamilton can make the team. If he can, even though his 2019 OBP of .289 was pretty dismal, he still remains a threat at the top of the lineup. A walk to Hamilton could turn into the equivalent of a double pretty fast with his base-stealing ability.

The Giants certainly have options for leadoff hitter, which is a good thing. Yaz as the leadoff man against righties and Dubon against lefties makes sense to me, but I am sure there will be a lot of mixing and matching throughout the year to see what works best.

Nonetheless, the leadoff picture needs to become a little clearer by the end of spring.