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Nate Schierholtz has not hit consistently and lost his starting job
The Giants are in search of more pop in their offense. The right field and first base positions are two spots where a team counts on offensive production. Unfortunately for the Giants, they are not getting it.
Nate Schierholtz had one hot streak early in the season, but has since tailed off and has the look of a fifth outfielder, defensive replacement and pinch hitter. He simply has shown no ability to be a consistent producer at the plate.
Schierholtz is currently hitting .246, with three home runs and 12 RBI, in 134 at-bats. His OBP of .309 also leaves a lot to be desired.
These stats are also somewhat misleading. Since Schierholtz' hot streak against the Mets in late April, he has fallen off dramatically. In his last 91 at-bats, Schierholtz is hitting only .187, with no home runs and only three RBI.
Defensively, Schierholtz is very good. Perhaps a change of scenery would do him some good. I would not mind seeing him packaged with some prospects to acquire a stronger offensive player.
Gregor Blanco won right field job and gave the Giants a huge positive jolt at the top of their batting order. Blanco did a great job getting on base and igniting the offense. However, he has slumped lately and as his struggles have persisted, the Giants' offense has suffered.
Blanco has great speed and also a little bit of pop in his bat, when his seeing the ball well. He is currently hitting .252, with an OBP of .337. His 15 steals are tied with Angel Pagan for tops on the ballclub.
Blanco appears best suited as a fourth outfielder, who would see some spot starts, pinch hit and play defense in the late innings.
At first base, the Giants have stuck with Brandon Belt, but he is not giving them enough offensive production to warrant him staying in the lineup. In 189 at-bats Belt is hitting just .254, with only four home runs & 30 RBI. Belt's OBP is a very respectable .358, but he does not hit for power or drive in enough runs.
Giants' GM Brian Sabean will be looking for an outfielder and if he can also play some first base, that would be a bonus. A solid hitter of this caliber will not come cheap, however, and any team looking to deal will be wanting some top prospects in return.