Crawford adding power to Giants' lineup

Shortstop leads Majors at position in homers, slugging, RBIs

Crawford adding power to Giants' lineup

MILWAUKEE -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford's early-season power numbers haven't caught his manager by surprise. The same could be said about opposing pitchers, too.

Crawford, who's either first or tied for first among Major League shortstops in home runs, slugging percentage and RBIs, is on pace for career highs in those three power categories. Pitchers have taken notice, as he's seen on average more secondary pitches than in his previous four seasons.

"When you look at a guy having success, that's usually the case," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You look at his history, he's always got out to a nice start."

Through 44 games in 2015, Crawford has never gotten off to a start quite like this. His .514 slugging percentage is well above his career mark of .372, and the most home runs he's hit in a season was 10; he's already at six this year.

Crawford entered Monday with 10 hits in his last 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position and was batting .378 (14-for-45) in those situations overall.

Bochy knows how important Crawford's bat is to the Giants' offense.

"That's why he was off yesterday, to give him some more rest so he stays strong," Bochy said before Monday's Memorial Day matinee vs. the Brewers.

Strong is exactly what Crawford has been in the month of May.

Crawford had hit safely in nine consecutive games entering Monday, batting .444 (16-for-36) with 14 RBIs. This month, his 20 RBIs are tied for the fourth-most in the league, while his .359 batting average is tied for third.

Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.