Kung Fu Killing It

Pablo Sandoval broke a bone in his wrist on April 30th and the Giants were 13-13.  The Giants were 24-16 in the 40 games that he missed with the injury, and are 12-10 since he came back on June 14th.  In his first 11 games back, Sandoval was struggling, hitting just .222 with all 10 of his hits being singles.  The hamate bone injury tends to do damage to a hitter’s ability to drive the ball, but “Kung Fu Panda” has been on a tear since his warming up period.

In his last 11 games, Sandoval is hitting .355/.422/.733 with 8 2B, 3 HR, and 8 RBI, helping boost the Giants lineup in need of power and run production.  It is strange that with Sandoval in the lineup, they are just 25-23 (.521) but they are a .600 team without him.  Even during his recent tear, they are just 6-5 (.545).  He isn’t the strongest defender, but neither are Miguel Tejada or Mike Fontenot, the guys who replaced him in the lineup who can’t hit a lick, either.

Sandoval will be 25 next month and is a solid producer.  He may never hit more than 30 homers in a season, but he is a hitter who can drive the ball and produce at a position where that is becoming rare, third base (https://thebaseballhaven.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/how-to-get-to-third-base/). You should know that Sandoval has a hit in 44 of the 48 games that he has played, including a current 17-game hitting streak. The Giants will be a solid team in a weak National League West and they will ride the hitting of their best hitter there, as Sandoval will be Kung Fu kicking the tail of the opposing pitchers along the way.  Remember that Sandoval has a hit in 44 of the Giants 48 games, including a current 17-game hitting streak.

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