Changes the San Francisco Giants Should Make To Their Batting Order

Keely FlanaganContributor IIIJune 13, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 07:  Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the  fourth inning at Chase Field on June 7, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Pablo Sandoval has officially begun his yearly DL-stint. 

The absence of the Kung-Fu Panda leaves the San Francisco Giants with a huge hole to hill in the three-hole.  And, while pitching woes remain the primary source of concern for the defending champs by the bay, the Giants will need to make adjustments to their batting order moving forward. 

Add to that the indefinite absence of second baseman Marco Scutaro, and San Francisco will finally be forced to tinker with their previously well-oiled machine of a lineup. 

The adjusted lineup on June 12th against the Pittsburgh Pirates:

  1. Torres
  2. Abreu
  3. Posey
  4. Pence
  5. Arias
  6. Belt
  7. Perez
  8. Crawford
  9. Zito    

Manager Bruce Bochy opted to slide Buster Posey up a position from his usual cleanup spot, which instead was occupied by RBI-machine Hunter Pence.  The cleanup spot actually fits the Giants' right fielder nicely, at least in theory.

***TALK ABOUT PENCE'S HISTORY IN THE CLEANUP SPOT/RBI PRODUCTION

***TAK ABOUT TORRES BATTING LEADOFF, BRING IT BACK TO 2010 WHEN THAT WAS HIS PERMANENT POSITION

***TALK ABOUT ARIAS

***SPEAK ON LEFTY-RIGHTY MATCHUPS (BELT,/PILL, BLANCO/TORRES)