Eric Moreland’s ability to run, block shots and be a multiple-effort defender stood out last year in summer league. But while he was on the mend from shoulder surgery, the team drafted Willie Cauley-Stein, who essentially does the same things Moreland does well. Doesn’t matter, says Moreland, whose cause also wasn’t helped by the team’s coaching turnover. “I’ve had two, three coaches so I’ve got to start all over again and show these guys I’m working hard and that I’m out here trying to win. I’m glad they got a good chance to see me, and hopefully I’ll impress them more in summer league.”
The season has been a roller coaster ride for the Giants, who appear on their way up. Their three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies sent them into the All-Star break three games over .500 at 46-43. Given the difficulty of sustaining momentum, largely because of injuries, manager Bruce Bochy will take it. “I think overall it’s pretty good, to be honest,” he said. “You look at the start, we almost buried ourselves. And we bounced back, got back to playing the brand of ball that we need to play.”
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The Bee’s Matt Kawahara addresses five questions the Giants face in the second half of the season: 1. How will the rotation look? 2. Can Brandon Crawford bounce back? 3. Will Matt Duffy maintain his first-half pace? 4. Is Angel Pagan coming around? 5. Can they catch the Dodgers?
It’s baseball’s turn in the summer spotlight. So what better time to evaluate the first half of the season and forecast what could happen in the second half. In turn, who better to call than Leon Lee, who has gained the title of Sacramento’s “Mr. Baseball.”
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