Giants outfielder Angel Pagan may have spent the past four seasons as a New York Met, but when his new team travels to face his old team this weekend, none of that history will matter.
“It’s just another city,” Pagan said. “Now I’m just wearing a different uniform. I’m going to play the game just like another game and see what happens.”
The park he returns to today won’t be exactly the same as the one he left, however, as the Mets moved the outfield fences in to help increase offensive performances at Citi Field, which opened in 2009.
“That’s easier for me,” Pagan said of the renovations. “Definitely have to see the shapes of the fence and stuff like that, but it shouldn’t be that difficult. I think the one [in San Francisco] is a little more difficult.”
After a slow start in spring training and on the Giants’ first road trip, Pagan found his swing at AT&T Park, notching eight hits and three runs scored in six home games, including three triples. He’s already threatening the record for triples at the park in one season, currently held by former Giants Steve Finley, who hit eight in 2006, and Ray Durham, who racked up eight in 2004.
Pagan came to San Francisco in a trade for fellow center fielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez during the offseason.
Torres will not play in the upcoming series. He has been on the disabled list since straining his calf in the team’s first game. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes Torres is at least at the stadium so he can say hello to his former player.
Barry Zito will get the start for the Giants in the series opener, looking to build off two strong starts to begin the season in which he totaled 16 innings and gave up just two earned runs.
The Giants will face left-hander John Niese, meaning Bochy will likely pencil in a lineup similar to the one he started against Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee in Thursday’s game, including Brett Pill at first base and Ryan Theriot at second base.