Maikel Franco and Carlos Santana getting hot
The Carlos Santana–Maikel Franco buddy comedy started way back in spring training when the veteran Santana got the locker right next to each other at the Carpenter Complex. The two have been inseparable ever since. We get to watch Santana fire the ball at Franco every time an inning ends. Now we get to watch them heat up at the plate together.
Franco has been producing all year, but he really has taken off in the last few weeks. He finished out the Giants series 0-for-4 Thursday, but he had a .400 batting average with three home runs and five RBI in the six games prior. He picked up three hits in Wednesday’s win.
Santana has also come alive in the last two series. He has at least one hit in each of the last seven games. He played a huge part in both of Philadelphia’s 11-run wins, driving in four and five runs. Santana has hit four home runs since the Washington series began.
With both Santana and Franco now heating up, it should help this offense tremendously. If other players turn it around, this offense can really start firing on all cylinders.