3 key takeaways from the SF Giants series against the Nationals

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3 key takeaways from the SF Giants series against the Nationals

3. Luis González will continue to see playing time for now

The Giants scooped up outfield prospect Luis González on the waiver wire from the Chicago White Sox last summer. He re-signed with the San Francisco in the offseason and this could turn out to be a nice addition.

Of course, González introduced himself to Giants fans last Monday with a clutch, two-run homer against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 4-1 victory. However, the left-handed bat has continued to string together quality plate appearances since then.

With Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt both out with COVID, González should continue to see more at-bats in the short term. On the year, the 26-year-old outfielder is slashing .276/.324/.414 (116 OPS+) with one home run, seven RBI, and five runs in a very small sample of 34 plate appearances.

González has quickly proven to be a good situational hitter as he puts the ball in play at a high rate and in a way that moves the line. The Giants saw more of this in the series against the Nationals. The lefty bat recorded two hits with two walks in eight at-bats in the final two games of the series.

On a different note, Jason Krizan recorded his first major league hit after 4,577 plate appearances in the minors across 11 seasons. It was a very cool moment:

The Giants face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a two-game series starting on Tuesday, so they will need to play better than they did over the weekend. They have proven to be a tough team to beat this year and that series against the Nationals looks more like an outlier than anything else.