Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/15/13
Team:  San Francisco Giants Record: 43-51 (6.5 GB) Biggest Surprise of 1st Half: The biggest surprise of the 1st half is obviously how poorly the Giants have played the past couple of months, playing themselves out of 1st place and into 4th in the NL West division.  But if I had to choose a player, it would be Giants second basemen Marco Scutaro.  Since being traded to the Giants at the trade deadline in the 2012 season, all he’s done is hit for a phenomenal batting average.  He was the catalyst that ignited the Giants offense and that great run the final two months of the 2012 regular season, and it continued into the postseason, leading the Giants to their 2nd World Series title in three years.  But he was a free agent after the season, and there was some debate whether the Giants were going to bring Scutaro back, as he was 37 years old and wanted a 3-year contract.  The Giants, banking on the hopes that his two-month stint with the team was no fluke, rewarded Scutaro and his clutch play
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