Can one man make a difference on a team? If you ask the San Francisco Giants (52-64), the answer is yes. They have been missing their starting center fielder, Angel Pagan, since May 25th, when he scored his final run of the season with a walk-off in the park home run against the Colorado Rockies.
Since Pagan’s season ending injury, the Giants are 26-44 and in last place in the National League (NL) West. They are a season high 13 games under .500 and 14.0 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers. This marks the most games the Giants have been out of first place in the NL West since the end of the 2007 season when they finished 19.0 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
When looking at the Giants’ record, you can’t help but wonder what it would be like if Pagan was still in the line up, leading off. With Pagan, the team was 27-22 and going back and forth between first and second place with the Diamondbacks and five games over .500.
Pagan suffered from a torn left hamstring ...