Sandoval finally picking it up offensively

Updated: July 21, 2010, 5:42 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Maybe, just maybe, San Francisco Giants corner infielder Pablo Sandoval is turning his disappointing season around. Manager Bruce Bochy has been moving the burly slugger around in the lineup this season, but when Sandoval hit fifth on Tuesday night against southpaw Clayton Kershaw, it certainly seemed like a vote of confidence, despite Sandoval's mighty struggles against left-handers this season,. It sure caught my eye.

Sandoval's fantasy owners are understandably frustrated with the 23-year-old. He entered the All-Star break hitting .263 with six home runs, an obvious change from last season, when he was hitting .333 with 15 home runs at the same point. He ended up with a solid .330 season and 25 home runs in '09. Everyone seemed to love Kung Fu Panda, so much so that he ended up being taken, on average, with the 34th pick in ESPN live drafts heading into the season. Considering he's currently 22nd among third basemen on the Fantasy Player Rater (and 29th at first base), it hasn't exactly been a strong return on the investment.