SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence would be the candidates whom manager Bruce Bochy can be considering most for the playing baseball orders No. 2 spot.
The scarcity of second baseman Marco Scutaro, whos enduring again problems, has temporarily conned the Giants of a prototypical minute hitter who can bunt, hit at the rear of baserunners and execute the hit-and-run. So Bochy is leaning toward the actual contemporary — and often successful — tactic of using an offensive dynamo in the second spot. Avid gamers who frequently or generally hit second last year incorporated the Angels Mike Trout, this Yankees Carlos Beltran, Oaklands Josh Donaldson, Seattles Robinson Cano, Minnesotas Joe Mauer, Detroits Torii Hunter and Baltimores Manny Machado.
Asked if trends have changed the No. 2-hitter prototype, Bochy said Feb 5th, Id say, yeah, its transformed a little bit. Youre trying to get the top lineup at the top of the order thats going to get you runs. It makes sense to have one of your better hitters there.
Friday night against the As, that decision was Belt, coming away from his best all-around season. He explained that batting second wont faze him.
Ive hit third-most of my career,In he said. Hitting second is not that very different. Im still trying to get with base. There are still opportunities to travel in runs. There are usually opportunities to score runs. Simply go out there with the same frame of mind and take advantage of it.
Bochy included that he wouldnt rule out applying Joaquin Arias or Brandon Crawford, hitters who in shape a more traditional No. 2 hitters page, in that berth.