Entering this season, Pablo Sandoval faced the same questions that he has faced year after year. Can he stay healthy? Will he keep the weight off? Can he put up the numbers to be paid like an elite third baseman? With this being a contract year, he faced even more pressure to live up to expectations as a leader of the Giants’ offense. Here is a look at his year as a Giant run producer this season.
Early on, while the Giants have slugged, Pablo Sandoval proved to be a blackhole in their lineup. Throughout March and April, he batted just .177 with two homeruns and six RBIs. As a player who was supposed to slug the ball all over the park, Sandoval slugged just .302. This lack of production not only led the questions of whether he would remain a Giant after the season, but also whether he would remain in the lineup throughout this season.
But as the calendar has flipped to May , Sandoval has stepped up his game. In these recent weeks, the Panda has awakened and been moved back into his more fitting role as the club’s cleanup hitter. Through his first 78 May at-bats Sandoval has batted .294. Although his season average is just .230 he has been able to raise it almost .60 points through in just one month of work. His power has also surged as he has driven four homeruns from May 17th through May 24th. The measly slugging percentage has grown by almost one-hundred points with this powerful outburst.
Even though his season began looking like a major bust, Sandoval’s recent display of driving the ball has given hope for the future. Although they have often been known for pitching in the recent years, the Giants offense is powering them this season. With 57 homeruns through 49 games they rank third in the MLB. Many of these power numbers have been done with perhaps their most powerful bat slumping. With the Panda now awake, this Giants offense could be ready to take their game to a whole new level and the rest of the league better take notice.
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