Giants notes: Is Denard Span the new Angel Pagan?

ST. LOUIS – For several seasons while Angel Pagan oscillated between the disabled list and the active roster, the Giants posted starkly different records with and without him.

They were 306-248 when Pagan was in the lineup during his five seasons, and 123-133 when he wasn’t. Maybe that wasn’t a reflection on Pagan so much as the Giants’ reliance on a stable presence in the leadoff spot. Every team can use a catalyst atop the lineup. It’s particularly important for the Giants, given the close games they play in their ballpark and their need to score without the long ball. When you must string together hits, you can’t have a lineup of station-to-station runners.

You could argue that the Giants’ poor production in the leadoff spot this season has hampered the offense more than any other factor. Their 16 runs scored from the leadoff spot ranks as the fewest in the major leagues.

You also could argue that Denard Span is the new Angel Pagan.

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