The San Francisco Giants signed slugging outfielder/first baseman to a one-year, $6 million deal this off-season based on one skill: his ability to hit for power.
That it was the main motivating factor is only magnified by the fact that first base was occupied by young stud Brandon Belt. That meant signing Morse, by all accounts an atrocious outfielder, and sticking him in left field anyway because the Giants wanted Morse’s bat in the lineup that much.
So far that move has paid off handsomely indeed for the best team in the National League. Through 58 games Morse is batting a solid .288/.343/.571 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI. He kept the good times going in Cincinnati against Mike Leake and the Reds on Thursday as he sent this massive home run to the second deck.
With the win the Giants bumped their record up to a gaudy 39-21 mark. With this Reds series behind them, they come home to a 10 game stand at AT&T Park that starts with the lowly New York Mets. They already have an eight game lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division.