#MVPMonday – Pablo Sandoval

By Melissa Felkins

MVP Monday – Each Monday we’ll pick our top performer for the prior week. This week, that honor goes to Pablo Sandoval, though, I will admit, I debated between him and Hector Sanchez. In the end, Sanchez’s defensive woes were just too much to consider him seriously. So the Panda it is!

Aug 16, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) connects for an two run RBI double during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Why is Pablo our player of the week?

For starters, he led the team with a .458 batting average and a .519 on-base percentage (OBP). He was second on the team in on-base percentage + slugging (OPS) with 1.102 and 7 RBIs.

But aside from the stats, Mike Krukow put it best this morning on KNBR.

"“He’s got his swing back,” Krukow said.” The ball is jumping off his bat (from the left).”"

There’s also those plays he wouldn’t have made one or two months ago. Most notably was beating a two-out play to 1B. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Panda move like that.

"Sandoval said if he were 22 pounds heavier, there would be “no chance” he would’ve beaten out that two-out ground ball in the fourth inning, which scored the game’s first run, and kept alive what turned into a four-run rally. via Andrew Baggarly, CSN Bay Area"

So, this week, we give props to Panda. Not only for “getting his swing back,” but also for shedding the weight, 22 lbs in 6 weeks, and noticing the impact it has on his play. Hopefully we’ll see an even slimmer Panda come Spring Training.