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Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Camp Panda 2: Electric Boogaloo

Pablo Sandoval Last year we heard over and over about "Camp Panda" and Pablo Sandoval's battle to lose weight. There were breathless accounts of his breathlessness after running up hills and eating his veggies. Then, well, Panda do what Panda do -- and he was into his regular, round shape when he showed up for spring training.

Well, Camp Panda 2 is underway, and we'll see if the sequel is as bad as the original.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that the camp is in full effect.

"He's dropped over 10 pounds, so that's good news already," Bochy said (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News .) "He seems determined to get back to where he was."

Bochy was asked how much more weight does Sandoval have to lose, Bochy said: "He's got a little ways to go. I don't want to put a number on it, but he's still probably got 15 or so, somewhere in there."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:36 am
 

Sandoval drops over 10 pounds

Sandoval After the World Series victory parade, benched third baseman Pablo Sandoval was caught digging into a nice treat .

Sandoval has struggled with weight issues for a while, but it didn't matter in 2009 when he hit .330/.387/.556 in 633 plate appearances. After a boot camp designed to slim Sandoval down (it didn't work), he hit .268/.323/.409 in 616 PA, riding the pine for October.

San Francisco's patience is running out and GM Brian Sabean has said Sandoval could be ticketed for the minors unless he gets in shape.

Well, Kung Fu Panda has done just that, dropping over 10 pounds since the World Series ended as Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reveals.

One catch: Sandoval has not weighed in since Thanksgiving dinner. If he stayed in San Diego (his offseason home) for dinner, there may be nothing to worry about. However, if he returned to his native Venezuela, site of his setback last season after boot camp...

Well, let's just hope there aren't any Colossal Brownie Sundaes in Venezuela.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Panda put on notice

Pablo Sandoval There may be a Panda watch at the Fresno Zoo.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean says Pablo Sandoval could start next season in the minor leagues if he "doesn't get his act together," according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman (via Twitter ).

Yesterday Sandoval was all over the internet in front of a "Colossal Brownie Sundae" at Buca di Beppo in San Francisco. For someone whose weight is an issue and motivation is in question, it's far from a good idea to have your picture taken in front of  a desert containing 12 brownies, six scoops of vanilla bean and chocolate gelato, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and a "few cans" of whipped cream. (Talk about poor judgment, you're in San Francisco, one of the great dining cities in the country and you go to a chain? For shame.)

Sandoval was more of a mascot than a factor in the team's World Series win, making one start at designated hitter and going 0 for 3 in that game. The rest of the series, he was in the dugout cheering on teammates.

In his second full season, Sandoval experienced a sophomore slump, hitting .268/.323/.409 with 13 homer runs and 63 RBI. In 2009, he hit .330/.387/.556 with 25 homers and 90 RBI.

Last offseason, the Giants put Sandoval on a diet and training regimen, and according to all accounts he was doing well until he went home to Venezuela and he returned having put on all the weight he'd lost.

UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury-News has more from Sabean's news conference , reporting:
Sandoval will have benchmarks to meet at various points this offseason, which he’ll spend in San Diego while working with fitness and nutrition experts. Then he’ll report to Arizona a month early for spring training.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Pablo Sandoval stops for big sundae

Sandoval Pablo Sandoval has been trying to lose weight for a long time.

Actually, a better way to say it is that the Giants have been trying to get Panda to lose weight for a while. They even put Sandoval through a well-publicized boot camp in the offseason, after Sandoval hit .330/.387/.556 in 633 PA with 25 home runs.

It didn't take, and Sandoval hit for a meager .268/.323/.409 line in 616 PA, losing his third-base job down the stretch to Mike Fontenot and then later Juan Uribe as the Giants won the World Series.

Lesson learned for Sandoval?

Not so much.

After the parade on Wednesday, Sandoval showed up at Buca di Beppo and ordered a Colossal Brownie Sundae, a dessert meant for up to six people.

What's in the sundae? As the San Francisco Chronicle notes, it is "
twelve decadent chunks of freshly-baked brownies layered with six scoops of vanilla bean and chocolate gelato, topped with caramel and chocolate sauces then buried in mounds of whipped cream.

So let's get this straight. It's not one, not two, nor any number below 11, but twelve chunks of brownies... then six scoops of ice cream and gelato, with caramel and chocolate sauces topping if off? Oh, excuse me, forgot about the heaping mounds of whipped cream.

Doesn't quite seem to fit in with a regimen designed to lose weight, now does it?

That's not to say Sandoval ate the entire thing by himself (although he could have) -- he was with his family and there were children, so presumably everyone had some bites of the sundae, and baseball only ended three days ago so Sandoval can be cut a little bit of slack before beginning his offseason program.

In all seriousness, Sandoval is an extremely talented hitter who could win batting titles and be a force out of the middle of the order for years to come. He just needs to not take his livelihood and future for granted.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 30, 2010 3:40 pm
 

World Series Game 3 breakdown

World Series Game 3

Date: Saturday, Oct. 30, 6:57 p.m. EST on FOX
Weather forecast: 73° F, 10 percent chance of rain
Played at: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Capacity: 51,746
Dimensions: LF 332 ft., LCF 390 ft., CF 400 ft., RCF 377 ft., RF 325 ft.
Surface: Grass
Park Factors: (1.000 neutral, less favors pitcher): 1.091 runs, 1.160 HR, 1.066 H, 1.065 2B, .769 3B, .989 BB

The skinny: The Rangers look to Colby Lewis again to save their season. Lewis went eight innings in the team's ALCS clincher against the Yankees, allowing a run on three hits. He won two games after Ranger losses in the ALCS and need sot win this game or it could be sweep time for the Giants.

San Francisco Giants

Manager: Bruce Bochy
92-70, 1st place NL West
49-32 at home
9-3 postseason (def. ATL 3-1, def. PHI 4-2)
Hitting:
697 runs scored (17th overall), .257 batting average (15th), .321 OBP (19th), .408 SLG (13th)
Pitching: 3.36 ERA (1st overall), 4.11 xFIP (9th) 1.27 WHIP (4th), .236 batting average against (1st)
Fielding: 8.5 UZR/150 (1st overall), 52 defensive runs saved (4th), 73 errors (4th)

1. Andres Torres, CF
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB
on road: .252/.325/.456, 10 SB in 250 AB

vs. RHP: .283/.354/.527, 19 SB in 374 AB
vs. TEX (career): .200/.333/.600 in 5 AB
2010 postseason: .244/.306/.289 in 45 AB, 1 SB, 3 CS

Pablo Sandoval 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
overall: .292/.342/.397 in 431 AB

on road: .261/.300/.380 in 245 AB

vs. RHP: .276/.327/.362 in 323 AB
vs. TEX (career): .300/.429/.400 in 10 AB
2010 postseason: .294/.321/.373 in 51 AB

3. Aubrey Huff, 1B
overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

on road: .315/.408/.540, 14 HR in 289 AB

vs. RHP: .287/.388/.506, 19 HR in 407 AB
vs. TEX (career): .283/.347/.488 in 258 AB, 13 HR
2010 postseason: .283/.353/.304 in 46 AB

4. Buster Posey, C
overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

on road: .351/.406/.587, 38 RBI in 208 AB
vs. RHP: .304/.353/.479, 12 HR in 309 AB
vs. TEX (career): N/A
2010 postseason: .271/.340/.333 in 48 AB

5. Pat Burrell, LF
overall (SF only): .266/.364/.509 in 289 AB

on road: .241/.346/.446 in 195 AB

vs. RHP: .264/.356/.500, 17 HR in 284 AB
vs. TEX (career): .255/.367/.451 in 51 AB
2010 postseason: .176/.317/.353 in 34 AB, 1 HR

6. Cody Ross, RF
overall: .269/.322/.413 in 452 AB

on road: .229/.285/.372 in 266 AB
vs. RHP: .263/.315/.371 in 396 AB
vs. TEX (career): ..250/.250/.333 in 12 AB
2010 postseason: .317/.404/.732 in 41 AB, 4 HR

7. Juan Uribe, 3B
overall: .248/.310/.440 in 575 AB

on road: .215/.285/.400, 11 HR in 260 AB

vs. RHP: .252/.304/.462, 22 HR in 413 AB
vs. TEX (career): .304/.328/.482 in 112 AB, 13 HR
2010 postseason: .171/.231/.343 in 35 AB, 2 HR

8. Pablo Sandoval (pictured), DH
overall: .268/.323/.409 in 563 AB, 13 HR
on road: .208/.266/.299 in 284 AB, 4 HR
vs. RHP:  .282/.336/.443 in 422 AB, 12 HR
vs. TEX (career): .500/.615/.700 in 10 AB
2010 postseason: .214/.313/.286 in 14 AB

9. Edgar Renteria, SS
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB

on road: .277/.345/.362 in 130 AB
vs. RHP: .272/.324/.347 in 173 AB
vs. TEX (career): .284/.326/.364 in 88 AB
2010 postseason: .240/.296/.360 in 25 AB, 1 HR

LHP Jonathan Sanchez
overall: 13-9, 193.1 IP, 3.07 ERA, 4.11 xFIP
on road: 16 GS, 5-5, 91.1 IP, 2.86 ERA, 4.32 xFIP
vs. TEX (career): N/A
2010 postseason: 0-1, 2.93 ERA in 15 1/3 IP, 19 Ks, 6 BB

X-factor to win: The Giants need to keep up their hot hitting. So far this series, they've outhit the Rangers .314 to .227. Interestingly, Rangers batters have only struck out seven times, while the Giants have struck out 21 times.

Keep an eye on: Pablo Sandoval certainly looks like a designated hitter. There's been more of the Panda in the stands at AT&T Park than on the field during the World Series, but with the option of the designated hitter, Bruce Bochy is able to get the Kung-Fu Panda in the lineup. 

Texas Rangers

Manager: Ron Washington
90-72, 1st place AL West
39-42 on road
7-6 postseason (def. TB 3-2, def. NYY 4-2)
Hitting:
787 runs scored (5th overall), .276 batting average (1st), .338 OBP (6th), .419 SLG (9th)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (10th overall), 4.36 xFIP (22nd) 1.31 WHIP (11th), .246 batting average against (6th)
Fielding: 1.9 UZR/150 (10th overall), 1 defensive run saved (19th), 105 errors (18th)

1. Elvis Andrus, SS
overall: .265/.342/.301 in 588 AB, 32 SB
at home: .263/.331/.309 in 304 AB, 0 HR
vs. LHP: .268/.341/.301 in 153 AB
vs. SF (career): .429/.500/.429 in 7 AB
2010 postseason: .316/.355/.368 in 57 AB, 3 2B, 8 SB

2. Michael Young, 3B
overall: .284/.330/.444 in 656 AB, 21 HR
at home: .307/.361/.509 in 322 AB, 16 HR
vs. LHP: .322/.374/.497 in 171 AB, 6 HR
vs. SF (career): .172/.294/.345 in 29 AB
2010 postseason: .236/.263/.345 in 55 AB, 1 HR

Colby Lewis 3. Josh Hamilton, CF
overall: .359/.411/.633 in 518 AB, 32 HR
at home: .390/.438/.750 in 264 AB, 22 HR
vs. LHP: .271/.331/.458 in 166 AB
vs. SF (career): .375/.500/.750 in 8 AB, 1 HR
2010 postseason: .217/.368/.500 in 46 AB, 4 HR

4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
overall: .300/.345/.496 in 593 AB, 29 HR
at home: .315/.354/.527 in 311 AB, 16 HR
vs. LHP: .338/.395/.536 in 151 AB, 7 HR
vs. SF (career): .330/.385/.558 in 233 AB, 31 RBI
2010 postseason: .265/.275/.327 in 49 AB

5. Nelson Cruz, LF
overall: .318/.374/.576 in 399 AB, 22 HR
at home: .371/.423/.675 in 197 AB
vs. LHP: .330/.388/.587 in 109 AB, 21 RBI
vs. SF (career): .083/.154/.083 in 12 AB
2010 postseason: .327/.365/.755 in 49 AB, 5 HR, 10 RBI

6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
overall: .286/.382/.412 in 391 AB
at home: .319/.443/.438 in 185 AB
vs. LHP: .376/.473/.484 in 93 AB
vs. SF (career): .300/.391/.500 in 20 AB
2010 postseason:

7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
overall: .249/.300/.383 in 454 AB
at home*: .267/.294/.333 in 15 AB
vs. LHP: .300/.363/.442 in 120 AB, 4 HR
vs. SF (career): .231/.285/.320 in 147 AB, 2 HR
2010 postseason: .326/.396/.609 in 46 AB, 3 HR

8. Bengie Molina, C
overall: .240/.279/.320 in 175 AB
at home*: .213/.245/.247 in 89 AB
vs. LHP: .350/.412/.420 in 100 AB
vs. SF (career): ..231/.231/.231 in 13 AB
2010 postseason: .353/.371/.588 in 34 AB, 2 HR

9. Mitch Moreland, 1B
overall: .255/.364/.469, 9 HR in 145 AB
on road: .244/.330/.500, 6 HR in 86 AB
vs. LHP: .200/.304/.300 in 20 AB
vs. SF (career): N/A
2010 postseason: .342/.390/.447 in 38 AB

RHP Colby Lewis (pictured)
overall: 12-13, 3.72 ERA, 3.93 xFIP, 201 IP
at home: 6-9, 3.95 ERA, 3.83 xFIP, 114 IP
vs. SF (career): 0-0, 0.000 ERA, 1 IP
2010 postseason: 2-0, 1.45 ERA in 18 2/3 IP 18 Ks, 11 BB

* at Rangers Ballpark only

X-factor to win: File this away in the 'things I didn't think I'd be writing," but: the Rangers have to keep the Giants offense at bay. San Francisco scored 30 runs combined in their first 10 games of the postseason, and 20 in the first two of the World Series.

Keep an eye on: Lewis has quietly been the team's second-best pitcher in the postseason. The right-hander was in Japan the last two seasons with the Hiroshima Carp, before returning to the United States this season and posting a solid season.

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TEX 5.5, SF 3.8

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:32 am
 

Guillen not an option for Giants

Jose Guillen Not only is Jose Guillen not on the Giants' playoff roster, he's not even with the team, general manager Brian Sabean told the San Jose Mercury News ' Andrew Baggarly .

The Giants acquired Guillen in a trade with the Royals on Aug. 13, and Guillen played in 42 games for the Giants, hitting .266/.317/.375 with three home runs. He was not on the playoff roster in either of the first two series of the postseason.

Guillen would have been an option at designated hitter, but instead the Giants will likely use Pat Burrell and Pablo Sandoval.

• Another interesting note -- Barry Zito is officially the world's best-paid batting practice pitcher. Zito, who earned $18.5 million this season, threw live batting practice to Giants hitters on Monday.

• Bochy hinted that he'd likely keep Juan Uribe at third base and Edgar Renteria at shortstop against the Rangers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:46 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Phillies-Giants NLCS Game 4 breakdown

Both managers are playing with their lineups, as Charlie Manuel sits Raul Ibanez and Bruce Bochy brings Pablo Sandoval back for Game 4.

Philadelphia Phillies

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Shane Victorino , CF
overall: .259/.327/.429, 34 SB
on road: .267/.327/.417 in 288 AB
against LHP: .321/.381/.539
vs. SF: .320/.370/.440, 3 2B in 25 AB

2. Chase Utley , 2B

overall: .275/.387/.445, 38 XBH

on road: .240/.350/.385 in 208 AB 

against LHP: .294/.422/.581

vs. SF: .227/.370/.273 in 22 AB



3. Placido Polanco , 3B

overall: .298/.339/.386

on road: .306/.351/.387 in 248 AB 

Ryan Howard against LHP: .280/.324/.344

vs. SF: .231/.286/.231 in 26 AB

4. Ryan Howard (pictured), 1B

overall: .276/.353/.505, 31 HR, 108 RBI

on road: .266/.348/.491, 15 HR in 267 AB 

against LHP: .264/.333/.492

vs. SF: .364/.462/.727 in 11 AB



5. Jayson Werth , RF

overall: .296/.388/.532, 27 HR

on road: .270/.375/.463, 9 HR in 270 AB 

against LHP: .287/.402/.479

vs. SF: .227/.320/.409 in 22 AB



6. Jimmy Rollins , SS

overall: .243/.320/.374, 41 RBI in 350 AB

on road: .221/.311/.349 in 172 AB 

against LHP: .297/.368/.405

vs. SF: .357/.357/.714 in 14 AB, 6 RBI



7. Ben Francisco, LF
overall: .268/.327/.441, 6 HR in 179 AB
on road: .273/.308/.464 in 69 AB

against LHP: .284/.344/.557, 6 HR in 88 AB

vs. SF: .167/.167/.167 in 6 AB



8. Carlos Ruiz , C

overall: .302/.400/.447 in 371 AB

on road: .330/.419/.489 in 176 AB 

against LHP: .327/.431/.509

vs. SF: .188/.350/.388 in 16 AB

9. Joe Blanton, RHP
overall: 9-6, 175 2/3 IP, 4.82 ERA
on road: 4-4, 80 2/3 IP, 5.47 ERA
vs. SF: 1-0, 2.84 ERA in 1 GS, 7 Ks, 0 BB, 2 HR in 6 1/3 IP

X-factor to win: Chase Utley needs to return to his usual self. The Phillies second baseman not only had two errors in the last game, but he also has just one hit in the series.

Player to watch: Ben Francisco is in for the struggling Raul Ibanez in left. All six of Francisco's homers in 2010 have come off of left-handers. In his career, his numbers have been more balanced between RHP and LHP, but he's hitting lefties much better this season.

San Francisco Giants

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Edgar Renteria , SS
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB

at home: ..274/.317/.389 in 113 AB
against RHP: .272/.324/.347 in 173 AB
vs. PHI: .538/.571/.538 in 13 AB, 3 GP

2. Freddy Sanchez , 2B 

overall: .292/.342/.397 in 431 AB

at home: .333/.394/.419 in 186 AB

against RHP: .276/.327/.362 in 323 AB

vs. PHI: .500/.500/.500 in 2 AB

3. Aubrey Huff , 1B 

overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

at home: .264/.361/.471, 12 HR in 280 AB

Pablo Sandoval against RHP: .287/.388/.506, 19 HR in 407 AB

vs. PHI: .150/.150/.300 in 20 AB

4. Buster Posey , C

overall: .305/.357/.505 in 406 AB

at home: .258/.304/.419 in 189 AB

against RHP: .304/.353/.479, 12 HR in 309 AB

vs. PHI: .417/.417/.583 in 12 AB

5. Pat Burrell , LF
overall*: .266/.364/.509 in 289 AB

at home: .284/.363/.539 in 160 AB

against RHP: .264/.356/.500, 17 HR in 284 AB

vs. PHI: .182/.250/.727, 2 HR in 11 AB

6. Cody Ross, RF
 
overall: .269/.322/.413 in 452 AB

at home**: .291/.293/.418 in 58 AB

against RHP: .229/.285/.372 in 266 AB

vs. PHI: .146/.205/.146 in 41 AB

7. Pablo Sandoval (pictured), 3B
overall: .268/.323/.409 in 563 AB
at home: .330/.382/.520 in 279 AB
vs. RHP: .282/.336/.443, 28 2B in 422 AB
vs. PHI: .320/.346/.520, 1 HR in 25 AB

8. Aaron Rowand, CF
overall: .230/.281/.378 in 331 AB
at home: .242/.294/.382 in 157 AB
against RHP: .237/.276/.373, 7 HR in 236 AB
vs. PHI: .000/.000/.000 in 4 AB

9. Madison Bumgarner, LHP
overall: 7-6, 111 IP, 3.00 ERA, 4.03 xFIP
at home: 1-3, 45 IP, 4.60 ERA
vs. PHI: N/A

* Does not include TB statistics
**Ross was acquired by the Giants on August 21. Home numbers reflect games played in AT&T Park, even if a visitor.  

X-factor to win: Bumgarner has to be more the road version of himself than his home version. Only one of his seven victories have come at AT&T Park and his ERA at home is 4.60 opposed to 1.91 on the road. Batters are hitting .303 at home against Bumgarner and .250 on the road.

Keep an eye on: Kung-Fu Panda himself, Pablo Sandoval, is back in the lineup for the first time since Game 2 of the NLDS.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:09 am
 

Panda may inhabit bench

Pablo Sandoval Giants manager Bruce Bochy may bench Pablo Sandoval for today's Game 3 at Turner Field today, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes .

Sandoval has just an infield single in his six at-bats int he season, struck out twice and grounded into a double play. He was also unable to throw Melky Cabrera out in the eighth inning helping spark the Braves' rally and ultimate victory in Friday's extra-inning loss.

Bochy was asked at Saturday's workout if Mike Fontenot may play third on Sunday.

"Yeah, we'e talked about putting Fontenot in there," Bochy said. "Of course, we'll have to look at Freddy [Sanchez] and see how he swings the bat, but yeah, that was discussed and could happen."

Sanchez will play second if his right middle finger is good enough to play after being  hit by a Kyle Farnsworth fastball in Game 2. He said Saturday he could play, but skipped batting practice.

--C. Trent Rosecrans

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