Kris Bryant (KB) was signed by Farhan Zaidi with 10 minutes remaining in the MLB trade deadline date of August 30. The former NL MVP and World Series Champion with the Cubs joined the Giants on September 1 and hit a HR in front of a delirious home crowd in his 2nd plate appearance.
Since KB joined the Giants, they have won 5 games and lost 2. He is batting .323 with 1 HR, 3 Doubles, 5 Walks and 3 RBI’s while playing 3rd base, Center Field and Left Field. He has the versatility to be able to play all 8 positions and play all of them very well.
While KB’s stats and outstanding defense have been remarkable, there is something else going on that can only be explained as baseball mojo or team chemistry that has carried the Giants all season long and has been enhanced with KB joining the team.
How else can anyone explain these recent wins:
- LeMonte Wade Jr. invites his parents to the 7/31 home game vs the red hot cheating Astros. He hits a splash HR into McCovey Cove which sailed directly over his Mom’s head. Btw, they take 2 out of 3 vs the Cheaters.
- On 8/5, the Diamondbacks’ Merrill Kelly was throwing a gem of a game giving up only 3 hits over 8 innings allowing only 2 Giants to reach 2nd base. He was leading 4-0 after 8 innings but the Diamondbacks’ Manager, Torey Lovullo, made a decision to take Kelly out of the game and let his relievers finish the game. With the Giants mojo in high gear, they scored 4 to tie the game in the 9th and scored again in the 10th in one of the more improbable wins of the year. KB showcased his value by starting the 9th inning with a Double and also starting the 10th inning with yet another Double. The rest of his teammates picked up his vibes and did their jobs to pull out this win.
- On 8/7, the Brewers’ Brandon Woodruff pitched his usual lights out game and was leading 2-1 in the 9th inning. With 2 outs and 2 strikes against him, Tommy La Stella, drove a high and deep fly ball to right field, the Brewers’ Avisail Garcia got turned around, bumped up against the wall, and simply dropped the ball for a 3 base error which somehow was ruled a Triple and KB scored to tie the game (who else???). The Giants scored 3 times in the 10th from Buster Posey’s 2 run single and Brandon Crawford’s deep sacrifice fly. The Brewers promptly hit 2 HR’s in their bottom of the 10th to tie the game 5-5. In the 11th, LeMonte Wade had an RBI Single, Brandon Belt hit a 2 run HR, and KB hit a deep Double to drive in Posey. As astounding as the scoring from the Giants in the late innings of this game, equally unbelievable was the Giants’ Bullpen. This was the 3rd straight extra innings game and they had run out of pitchers. They didn’t want to use their Closer, Jake McGee, but he gutted it out and came in to close it out for another improbable Giants’ win. Another improbable stat was Brandon Belt coming back from a knee injury and “belting” 4 HR’s against the tough Brewers in 3 games.
Yes… the Giants were very good before acquiring KB. Since he has become a Giant, they became a great team which now sports the best record in the MLB at 71-41… a whopping 30 games over .500.
I can’t help but think that KB will do for the Giants what KD did for the Dubs!!! Need I say more?