Thoughts on Aubrey Huff, Giants hitters

Updated: June 3, 2011, 12:37 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
One should never expect any member of the current San Francisco Giants, a team just a few runs from the bottom spot in the major leagues, to hit three home runs in a game. However, with the recent developments surrounding hot prospect Brandon Belt being promoted and the team's underachieving first basemen/corner outfielders in danger of losing playing time, I would have pegged Belt a top candidate to do so, not Aubrey Huff. Perhaps threatened by the team's future slugger, Huff was the player who smacked a trio of home runs and knocked in six against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, and all of a sudden a fantasy lost cause seems to actually possess promise.

Huff was hitting a sad .218 only two days ago, with four home runs and 23 RBIs through 53 games. That's a miserable pace of roughly 12 home runs and 60-something RBIs, hardly special for a first baseman. Huff was looking nothing like the 2010 version of himself, the one that hit .290 with 26 home runs, 86 RBIs, 100 runs and 83 walks. I took a shot on him on two teams, one as a late draft pick, the other a free-agent signing last week, but he was surely an afterthought for activation by this point. Now, after hitting four home runs in two days -- Huff also took very veteran right-hander Miguel Batista deep Wednesday night -- he is on pace for 23 home runs and 87 RBIs, and those numbers are relatively interesting, definitely ownable with offense so suppressed this season. A three-homer, six-RBI game will do that to any pace, though I'd sure like to know what changed.