San Francisco Giants: Is Michael Morse the Man?
In each season since 2007, the San Francisco Giants have employed a different left fielder on opening day. A position, which has undeniably been the Giants’ biggest weakness, may have finally been solved. Power threat, Michael Morse was signed to a one-year-$6-million deal earlier in the off-season and is expected to start on opening day, with Gregor Blanco as his back-up for the occasional rest or late inning defensive help.
The Giants have long searched for two things; an everyday left fielder and a power hitter, Morse brings an unquestionable power presence to the line-up, despite his injuries and his consequential lack of plate appearances, he has always hit home runs. Since his break out year in 2011 in which he hit 31 home runs with 95 RBI, he has averaged a home run every 21 plate appearances, which will only increase if he can stay healthy all year.
Since his big 2011 season with the Washington Nationals, he has been plagued with injuries, and has struggled to establish himself as a slugging, every day outfielder. Upon signing for the Giants, he claimed, “I’m 120 percent,” and “I haven’t felt this good in a long time,” despite being limited to only 88 games last year after a numerous injuries such as a fractured right pinkie for the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles. If Michael Morse can overcome his health issues, he could become the left fielder San Francisco have longed for, with opening day closing in, we shall soon see.
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