Wheter it's in the middle of March or the middle of August, a 0-24 slump at the plate is going to start to weigh on you. Just as San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan, who recently broke his slide with a double last night against the Angels.
But according to San Jose Mercury News beat writer Alex Pavlovic all Pagan needed was to look at some film, and get used to his new surroundings.
"I'm feeling better at the right time," Pagan said. "I wasn't feeling great at the beginning of spring, but I knew at some point I was going to get my feeling back. To me it's very important to feel good at the end of the spring like I am now."
Pagan went back and studied some of his 2010 film and noticed a change needed to be made with his hands. He's also a player who's notoriously started slow, which skipper Bruce Bochy notes that the team did their research over and was prepared for.
"Sometimes it takes guys longer to get going," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has had a couple of rough spring trainings, we did look into that."
Gregor Blanco and Melky Cabrera are having great springs, but with Nate Schierholtz constantly nagged by injuries and Brandon Belt looking toward the outfield as his likely spot to land playing time, Pagan's slump has been somewhat concerning as they are looking for him to be a staple in the outfield. Luckily he's been solid with the glove and hopefully will be getting into the groove at the plate as well.
"These guys have taught me how to play hard day in and day out and be a winner," he said. "I came here to help this team win a championship."
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