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Posey, the club’s best overall hitter, has picked up where he left in 2012. Through 264 at-bats, the reigning National League MVP is hitting .314 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI. As long as he continues to rake, the Giants’ playoff hopes will stay alive.
Prediction: Posey will spend enough time at first base in the second half to keep his legs fresh, and he will again be in MVP talks. While he won’t win the award again, he will end up with impressive overall numbers: .318 BA, 23 HR, 103 RBI.
The Giants recalled the switch hitter because of his offensive potential, although his defense lately has left much to be desired. In order to stay on the roster, he will have to prove his worth as a hitter. In 36 at-bats, however, Sanchez is hitting only .222 with zero home runs and three RBI.
That simply will not do.
Projection: Sanchez will not hit enough to make up for his defensive shortcomings, causing the Giants to ship the catcher back to Triple-A for some polish. He will be back with the club eventually, although his role will be minor. Final numbers: .260 BA, 1 HR, 13 RBI.
Besides hitting a dramatic walk-off home run against the rival Dodgers, Quiroz has been mostly an afterthought this season. In 36 at-bats, the journeyman is hitting only .167 with a .239 on-base percentage.
Prediction: The Giants will find a better backup catcher and designate Quiroz for assignment. He will pass through waivers, return to Fresno and rejoin the big league club in September.
Belt is one of the most frustrating Giants hitters in recent history. Some days he flashes the massive potential that caused many to believe that the big lefty would eventually be a star in the league. Other times he looks completely lost at the plate, causing one to wonder if he will go on to become just another bust. In 243 at-bats this season, Belt is hitting .263 with eight home runs and 34 RBI.
Prediction: Belt will find his stroke in the second half and go on an extended hot streak. He will continue to strike out and look overmatched at times, but he will have nice overall statistics by the end of the season. Final numbers: .278 BA, 17 HR, 77 RBI.
Mallet finger and all, Scutaro has been all that the Giants could have hoped for when they re-signed him to a three-year deal before the start of the season. Through 67 games, the righty is hitting a lofty .323 while posting an equally impressive .378 OBP.
Prediction: Scutaro will keep on hitting while setting the table for the meat of the order. He will require a day off here and there during the dog days of summer, but will once again prove to be a valuable piece of the Giants’ playoff push. Final numbers: .319 BA, 4 HR, 42 RBI, .367 OBP.
After a torrid April that saw the slick-fielding lefty launch five home runs, Crawford has slowed down a bit at the plate while playing his usual stellar defense. In 261 at-bats, he is hitting .280 with five home runs and 28 RBI.
Prediction: After making an All-Star appearance, Crawford will rise to the challenge and continue to hit in the second half. He will rediscover his power and finish with 10 home runs and 66 RBI while batting .275. He will also win the Gold Glove.
Like in 2012, Sandoval has tantalized fans with his offensive talent while battling both injuries and his weight. When healthy, Sandoval has been good. In 237 at-bats, the Panda is hitting .283 with eight home runs and 37 RBI.
Prediction: Sandoval will spend more time on the D.L. in the second half. His name will float around in trade rumors, but the Giants will ultimately hold on to the fan favorite. Final numbers: .294 BA, 18 HR, 81 RBI.
Joaquin Arias, Tony Abreu
With Sandoval, Scutaro and Crawford all missing time due to injury, the Giants have relied heavily on their utility infielders. While Arias offers the most overall from a production standpoint (.276 BA, 10 RBI in 105 at-bats), Abreu has been a pleasant surprise, hitting .294 in 34 at-bats.
Prediction: When Sandoval returns to the D.L., Arias will do an admirable job filling in at third base. In the meantime, Abreu will continue to hit at a decent clip while filling the utility role.