SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Angel Pagan let out a cheer as he ran in from center field with both arms raised after catching the final out to secure San Francisco’s second NL West crown in three seasons.
Sure, the outfield around him looks a whole lot different these days than it did a month and a half ago when suspended All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera was still around leading the way.
The Giants were never fooled. They knew full well that much of the baseball world figured this club would flop after losing its best hitter to a 50-game suspension in mid-August for a positive testosterone test.
Hardly. The Giants forgot about it in a hurry and kept on winning.
Now, they have plenty of time to put together their playoff roster and rotation.