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Fan’s take: Is Beltran responsible for Giants’ struggles?
By now, it should be evident that Carlos Beltran(notes) should have remained with the New York Mets. He is now eligible to come off the disabled list, but it really does not matter what he does. If he returns and plays like he has so far with the team, then the San Francisco Giants are better off without him. In fact, the team could even hold him responsible for some of its recent struggles. Okay, he is not solely responsible for anything, but nothing good has come around since he did.
What could he be responsible for then?
First of all, Beltran is an All-Star right fielder and took over the position upon his arrival. That forced Nate Schierholtz(notes) to slide over to left field. He was on a tear during the season and hit nearly as well as Pablo Sandoval(notes) for a while. Unfortunately, he began to slump albeit a bit before the Beltran trade. Still, having to move over to left field and learn the subtle differences from right field probably did not help Schierholtz mend his offensive slump.
It is not like the team was hitting well before he came, but the team still is not hitting since Beltran came over from the Mets. With that in mind, his arrival could have affected the team on a mental level—even if that sounds a bit dumb. Nearly everyone expected the Giants to pick up offensively and start hitting, but it did not happen. That could have been a bit of a downer for the whole team when it did not work out like that. Plus, it is even worse on a mental level that Beltran slumped mightily and then headed to the disabled list.
Also, the DL stint is doing Beltran no favors. Some sportswriters and even fans were calling for him to play through the pain to at least make giving prospect Zack Wheeler away worthwhile. It might not be a good idea to aggravate any injuries, but Beltran has been able to swing from one side for a few days. Sure, he wants to be completely healthy, but San Francisco only has him until the end of the season. He was brought in to help the team make it to the postseason and is not doing that, so it makes sense that people want him playing in games—even a bench role would have been better than a trip to the DL.
In my opinion, I think the whole situation with Carlos Beltran is affecting players on the team in a mental way. The team needed a bat, traded for a slugger, and has seen absolutely no results. That situation can be pretty disheartening for anyone. Obviously, the team would probably be worse off offensively than before in that scenario. To make matters worse, the most of the everyday lineup is dealing with some injury or another and plenty of players are on the disabled list. Beltran is obviously not trying to sabotage the team or anything, but bad things have happened since he came to San Francisco.
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Derrick Williams is a fan of the San Francisco Giants and spent nearly three years living in the Bay Area.
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