On some day late in Spring or early in the regular season (sooooo lazy), Julian (@GiantsNirvana) tweeted something that looked like this:
“On a scale of 1-10, the amount I’m worried about Angel Pagan: 0”
Julian’s faith restored my own, reminding me that Angel Pagan has started slowly before and would be just fine as the Giants’ starting center fielder. Fine, indeed.
Pagan’s 3-run shot in the 9th gave the Giants a lead even the struggling bullpen couldn’t relinquish, with Casilla striking out the side in the bottom half to get a clean save. The Giants as a team hit well enough to hang around, but Pagan earned Julian’s faith when it counted. On a day when big thumpers like Brandon Crawford and Manny Burriss got some rest, Pagan stepped in to fill the void.
Pagan, or any established player for that matter, can’t be counted out after a rough spring and early season. Pagan hit .159 through the end of April in 2011 and finished at .262. Not a spectacular season, but managed to overcome th...