Comparing the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers position-by-position

By Danny Vietti
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Oct 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning during game five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Panik VS. Howie Kendrick/Chase Utley

This is a tough matchup as both Panik and Kendrick are currently on the Disabled List. Nonetheless, the stellar and consistent fielding of Panik gives him the slight advantage over Kendrick and Utley. To add, Kendrick and Utley are both older veteran players and may have a hard time adjusting to sharing their playing time.

Panik–.309/.374/.443, 116 hits, 25 doubles, 35 RBI, .996 fielding percentage, and 3.3 WAR.

Kendrick–.296/.341/.418, 124 hits, 20 doubles, 49 RBI, .991 fielding percentage, and 1.0 WAR.

Utley–.217/.284/.333, 54 hits, 12 doubles, 30 RBI, .976 fielding percentage, and -0.3 WAR.

Advantage Panik.

3rd Inning: Giants 2–Dodgers 1

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