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It’s no mystery why the Giants let fan favorite Hunter Pence go last year.
An anemic .221 batting average, four home runs and dreadful OPS of .590 — not exactly the numbers you expect out of a position player making $18.5 million.
After 12 years and three championships, time had finally caught up with Pence.
Or had it?
The Texas Rangers signed the Arlington native to a $2 million deal in what was expected to be a reserve role at best. Maybe that fidgety bat still had some pinch hits in it.
Now they’re having trouble keeping him out of the everyday lineup.
It’s a small sample size to be sure, but as of Tuesday Pence was outperforming the entire Giants batting order in almost every major offensive category — and that’s with far fewer at-bats. Here are the comparisons:
Best Giant: Steven Dugger — .265
Best Giant: Evan Longoria, Kevin Pillar — 6
Runs Batted In
Best Giant: Pillar — 21
On Base Percentage
Best Giant: Brandon Belt — .347
Best Giant: Pablo Sandoval — .577
OPS (50 or more at-bats)
Best Giant: Pablo Sandoval — .859
Best Giant: Dugger — 39
Pence: 25 (Note Dugger has nearly twice as many at-bats as Pence)
WAR (Wins Over Replacement)
Best Giant: Dugger and Sandoval — 0.7
Come back, Hunter. Everything about 2018 is forgotten.
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