SAN FRANCISCO — As soon as he hires a supervisor and common supervisor, Farhan Zaidi will flip to the heavy lifting. The primary objective this offseason is to make the Giants lineup extra aggressive, significantly at house. It will be quite a bit simpler to do this if the Giants knew precisely what they may depend on from a midseason acquisition.
Alex Dickerson modified the course of the season when he joined the Giants at Chase Area in late June towards the Diamondbacks, bringing left-handed thunder to the lineup and life to the dugout as a struggling crew briefly put all of it along with a memorable July run. However Dickerson’s season ended up going a well-recognized route.
He was accessible to Zaidi solely as a result of he had been unable to remain accessible for the Padres, and an indirect damage wrecked Dickerson’s second half.
That did not go away a nasty style in his mouth, although. As Dickerson stood in entrance of his locker the ultimate week of the season, he identified that he did not play an inning within the huge leagues the earlier two seasons.
“I just wanted to get out and compete again, and I knew there were going to be ups and downs,” he stated.
The highs had been game-changers for the Giants. Dickerson drove in six runs in his Giants debut and did not decelerate till he was compelled to the Injured Record the primary week of August. In 30 video games over that stretch, he hit .386 with six homers, 10 doubles, 23 RBI and a 1.222 OPS. The Giants went 20-10 when he was within the lineup.
That is actually not sustainable, however nothing about what Dickerson was doing regarded significantly flukey, both. He has all the time flashed energy and he confirmed good plate self-discipline and a brief swing that first month.
The indirect damage put a halt to all that, and when Dickerson returned, it was touch-and-go the remainder of the way in which. He by no means felt fairly snug, hitting .164 with three extra-base hits over his remaining 67 at-bats, which had been scattered as a result of he was in a position to begin solely 14 occasions the ultimate six weeks.
Trying again, Dickerson feels he returned sooner than he ought to have, however he has no regrets as a result of the Giants had been attempting to remain within the race. He stated his swing acquired out of whack and he was by no means capable of finding it once more as a result of he did not undergo a standard rehab course of.
There have been positives, although. Dickerson’s surgically-repaired again and elbow weren’t a difficulty, and he plans to be aggressive in attacking the indirect ache this offseason. Dickerson stated he’ll do further analysis and speak to as many consultants as he can in an try to extend his core mobility and ensure the indirect ache doesn’t return. For the primary time in a very long time, he is not rehabbing going into the offseason. That is a comforting feeling.
“It’ll just be a normal offseason and building up and getting in shape to hopefully play a full season next year,” he stated.
Given Dickerson’s historical past — he has by no means performed greater than 84 video games — the Giants cannot depend on a full yr. However they’re hopeful that Dickerson, who’s arbitration-eligible and a lock to return, may be a part of the answer. They will handle his well being so long as that bat remains to be serving to win video games.
“With the impact potential he showed, he’s going to play as much as his body will allow,” Zaidi stated.