San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was the biggest trade acquisition this year proving to be an integral part of the team's success in 2012 after being traded away by the Colorado Rockies on July 27.
Scutaro was an instant success with the Giants batting .362 in 61 games smacking 88 hits, 16 doubles, one triple, three homers, 44 RBI's and scored 40 runs. He managed a .385 on-base percentage and .473 slugging percentage totaling a .859 OPS. The 37-year-old recorded 29 multi-hit games and five three-hit games finishing the season with a 20-game hitting streak. Scutaro was at his best batting with two-strikes connecting with 67 hits. He set career-highs in 2012 with 190 hits, 74 RBI's and a .306 batting average. The Giants went 38-23 after acquiring Scutaro as he became the everyday second baseman.
He carried that momentum into the postseason winning the National League Championship Series MVP batting .500 setting a LCS record with six multi-hit games in the seven-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. His 14 hits tied a LCS record breaking the Giants franchise record of 13 hits held by Will Clark in 1989. During the postseason, Scutaro produced eight multi-hit games and a 11-game hitting streak tying a franchise record with Irish Meusel. Scutaro became the second player to achieve a 20-game regular season hitting streak and 10-game postseason hitting streak joining former New York Met Mike Piazza. Scutaro was Mr. Clutch throughout his time with the Giants delivering the game-winning hit in Game 4 of the World Series scoring Ryan Theriot in the top of the 10th sweeping the Detroit Tigers away. He finished the year hitting in 32 of his last 36 games.
Scutaro was awesome in the postseason batting .328 drilling 21 hits, four doubles, eight RBI's and five walks in 16 games. The Venezuelan had a .377 on-base percentage and .391 slugging percentage equaling a .767 OPS.
Scutaro is a free agent this offseason and has made it clear he wants to finish his career wearing the orange and black colors. It's fair to say the Giants would not have won the World Series this year without the services of Scutaro. General Manager Brian Sabean made another smart calculated move obtaining Scutaro and his success in 2012 is very similar to that of Cody Ross in 2010. Both players won the NLCS MVP and both trades at first didn't have that excitement factor until the story ended with a championship parade down Market Street. Scutaro earned his special place in Giants history and no one will ever forget what he did in 2012 proving to be a valuable commodity.
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