This week was easy for the most part. Let’s start with Batting MVP of the past week.
This honor goes to Hunter Pence for hitting .400 in the past 7 days, tied only with Hector Sanchez. Sanchez only had 10 at-bats to Pence’s 25, so we’re giving the title to Pence, not only for his average, but his team leading 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 4 runs (tied with Brandon Belt), .680 SLG, and 1.103 OPS. Pence did strike out 5 times, but if he can hit 2 home runs every week, we’ll forgive him for his tendency to swing a lot.
In case you forgot about what all he did this week, let us remind you with this video.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Pence's 1st inning HR was calculated at 476 feet, the longest home run hit in MLB this season. #SFGiants
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) August 28, 2013
He also ran straight head first into the metal wire portion of the wall at Coors Field and stayed in the game, like a boss.
So, for smashing long balls, and just simply being a badass, Pence gets our batting MVP of the week.
Yusmeiro Petit was hands down the best Giants pitcher of the past week. The journeyman, filling in for Matt Cain, contributed 2 wins to the team, and had a 3.00 ERA over 12 innings. In that time, he struck out 16 batters, 10 of those in yesterday’s win. 10 strikeouts is also a career high for Petit. Petit didn’t just do it from the mound either. In Sunday’s game, Petit contributed an RBI single. Even better, it’s his first hit in 7 years, and he did it with 2 outs and RISP.
I will give a hat tip to Santiago Casilla however. He pitched 4 innings, in 4 games and only allowed 1 hit and had a 0.00 ERA