Pagan heating up atop Giants' lineup

Pagan heating up atop Giants' lineup

ST. LOUIS -- Both Angel Pagan and Giants manager Bruce Bochy can sense it. Pagan has been slowly getting his confidence at the plate back over the last few days.

"You have to like what Angel's been doing," Bochy said Tuesday. "He's got a little swagger back. Starting in Colorado, he's been real sharp for us."

Prior to the series in St. Louis, Pagan was 7-for-14 with four RBIs in three games against the Rockies. Pagan continued to swing the bat well in Game 1 of a four-game set Monday, going 2-for-4 and belting a homer on the second pitch of the game.

Over that stretch, Pagan's batting average has increased a considerable amount for the first time in nearly two months. The center fielder was batting .283 entering Tuesday after batting .194 from June 13 to Aug. 2.

Bochy said he expects to keep Pagan at the top of the Giants' lineup until his bat cools off.

"I'm just trying to keep things simple, not trying to do too much," Pagan said. "I just want some good at-bats so I get my confidence back, and I feel good at the plate. It's been good for me. I've been doing much better in there. I'm definitely seeing a lot more pitches and having a lot more contact. It's been very helpful for the team, so I just hope that keep doing that every day."