One week before Opening Day, Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow predicted third baseman Evan Longoria would hit at least 20 home runs this season.
In just the second game of the season, Longoria was on the board with his first homer of the year. Krukow's crystal ball seemed to be onto something.
But a lot can change in just a couple of games.
Longoria had just one hit in three games against the Rays over the weekend. After a rough stretch against his former team, he's down to a .194 batting average with nine strikeouts and only seven hits.
“I’m really concerned about it,” Krukow said Monday on KNBR.
Krukow believes there was an emotional factor to Longoria's down series against the Rays. Chosen with the No. 3 pick in the 2006 MLB Draft, Longoria spent the first 10 years of his career in Tampa Bay before the Giants traded for him last offseason.
“One thing we’ve learned about Longoria is that he’s an emotional guy, and this series with Tampa was a big series to him," Krukow said. "He loved Tampa. That was his identity. He was the guy there, and we saw last year when he came over and saw how out of water he was the first month or two. He just wasn’t in the comfort zone, and we saw it again these last three games with Tampa.
“He had one hit, and I think the team, all his friends, and what that city meant to him became a distraction for him this weekend."
The Giants begin a three-game home series against the Padres on Monday night. Getting the Tampa Bay series over with could be good for Longoria, and Krukow's hoping he can hit the reset button.
"I’m hoping he can get beyond that today when the Padres get into town, but they need to have some production from the three-four-five guys, and right now they’re not getting enough."
For the second straight season, Longoria is off to a slow start. He went 0-for-17 to start his Giants career last year. This is concerning for many reasons, but especially for the veteran when you look at his career splits.
Entering his 12th MLB season, Longoria has typically started off hot at the plate. His .280 career average in the first month of the season is actually the best out of any month before slowing down after that.
As a whole, virtually nobody is hitting for the Giants. Their .208 team batting average is 26th in baseball and their six home runs are the third-worst in the game.
The anti-Dodgers have to flip the switch soon, or else it's going to be another long season.