Going into the 2011 MLB All Star game, the San Francisco Giants sent an astounding five players to the Nation League All Star team for the first time since 1966.
Back then, the six players to join the NL All Star team were Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Tom Haller and Jim Ray Hart. Going into the 2011 All Star game leading the NL West division, it was obvious the Giants were going to have to come out of the mid-summer break and increase production.
Since the break, the Giants have recorded 10 wins and eight losses after the tough series in Cincinnati. The Giants have posted a batting average of .219 since the break while scoring 52 runs, 48 RBIs, and 11 home runs. Although these numbers don’t seem extremely electrifying, this stat line compared to early season production is a definite sign of hope.
So what can we expect from the Giants in these last two months of regular season play?
With the Giants trade deadline moves in Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Beltran this July, we can expect better production as a team both offensively and defensively.
Orlando Cabrera- picked up by the Giants from the Cleveland Indians to ideally be the everyday shortstop- has a lifetime fielding percent of .977, posts a career batting average of .272 and has knocked in an average of 50+ runs a season.
Next, what some people are calling the most exciting trade in San Francisco since Bonds, the Giants acquired outfielder Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets.
Beltran does not only bring his impressive career fielding percentage of .992 to the table, but also his strong arm and even stronger bat. Offensively, Beltran is a career .282 hitter with an average of 80+ RBIs a season.
In the eyes of Giants players and fans, both newly acquired players bring a level of professional performance to the team. This simply means that these two players will come to the ball park on a daily basis to play hard and win ball games.
Last but not least, I would like to give a warm welcome to both Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Beltran in their Giants AT&T park debut last night, August 1st, 2011, in a 5-2 loss versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hopefully today’s game will be a little better…