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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Giants winning without help from Sandoval

By David Schoenfield

Chris Quick of Bay City Ball has a good post on Pablo Sandoval, who has really struggled since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 13, hitting .222/.281/.263, with no home runs in 99 at-bats.

Here's Chris's post, in which he shows how Sandoval just isn't driving the ball, a likely result of residual effects from the broken hamate bone plus a hamstring injury.

Bruce Bochy gave Sandoval the night off on Wednesday, but it will be interesting to see if Sandoval returns to the No. 3 spot in the lineup he's been in over his past 25 games.

"It’s starting to mount up on him a little. He’s trying too hard," Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We’re just trying to get him away from the game so he can relax, come back and have fun. It hasn’t been much fun for him the last couple of days."

The Giants are last in the majors in home runs with 87 (yes, some park effects going on there), but with Melky Cabrera on the suspended list, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence are the only Giants with more than eight home runs (and Pence has just three home runs in 40 games since joining San Francisco).

The Giants' lead in the NL West in secure (7 games over the Dodgers), so Bochy has three weeks to see if Sandoval can get his bat going before the postseason. They'll need power from someone besides Posey if they want to go all the way.