The Giants ranked 29th in runs scored, 30th in home runs, 23rd in batting average, 29th in on-base percentage, and 30th in slugging percentage in 2017. Bad is one word for their offense last season. There are plenty more that can't be typed here.
It's no secret the front office knew those numbers after cringing at the product on the field. And they went out and added two big names who have combined for eight All-Star appearances and one MVP.
"Our lineup is as deep as any right now," Evan Longoria said Friday on MLB Network Radio. "Lot of guys who know how to hit, have been around, know how to prepare. And I think it makes my job a lot easier."
San Francisco hopes its stagnant offense is a thing of the past and it's clear Longoria believes that to be true. Longoria (20) and Andrew McCutchen (28), who they also acquired in a trade with the Pirates, add 48 home runs to a line in a desparate need of a power boost. Both those players are expected tp be somewhere in the middle of Bruce Bochy's lineup.
"Wherever I insert into the lineup I don't think it matters," Longoria says. "I think we have a really good balance of right handers and left handers. The ability to run the bases. The ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark."
Early on in the spring, the revamped offense has been producing. Going into Saturday's schedule, where the Giants have two games, they are leading the Cactus League with a .302 batting average. The Giants are also second in home runs (29), second in runs (107), and first in OPS (.907).
"I think there's a ton of plusses we've been able to put together this spring," Longoria said.
The veteran third baseman has played in six games this spring, batting .286 with one home run, one double and three RBI.