#MVPMonday: Pence and Petit

By Melissa Felkins

This week was easy for the most part. Let’s start with Batting MVP of the past week.


Aug 26, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) hits a single in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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.

That was 476 feet and the longest in MLB this season.

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.


Aug 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (52) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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