Sandoval erupted immediately beginning the season with a 20-game hitting streak poised for a monster season looking to put together two quality seasons in a row. He was fantastic in the month of April batting .311 smacking 28 hits, scoring 15 runs, five doubles, four homers and 14 RBI's in 22 games. Sandoval produced a .361 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage equaling a .861 OPS.
The Panda hit a bump in the road fracturing his left hamate bone in May missing the rest of the month before returning in June. The Giants went 21-14 without Sandoval and he would be placed on the DL for a second time in the season at the end of July. Sandoval had 30 multi-hit games and six three-hit games during the season. He was selected by the fans as the starting third baseman in the All-Star Game going 1-2 with a triple driving home three RBI's and scoring a run. He batted .294 with runners in scoring position connecting with 32 hits, five homers and 50 RBI's in 109 at-bats.
He finished the regular season batting .283 connecting with 112 hits, 25 doubles, two triples, 12 homers, 63 RBI's and 38 walks in 108 games. He showcased a .342 on-base percentage and .447 slugging percentage reaching a .789 OPS.
Defensively, he started 101 games at third base committing 13 errors producing a .954 fielding percentage.
Sandoval was sensational in the postseason batting .364 hammering out 24 hits, five doubles, six homers, 13 RBI's and three walks in 16 games. He finished with a .386 on-base percentage and .712 slugging percentage totaling an impressive 1.098 OPS. The 24 hits were the most by a Giants player setting a new franchise postseason record and he also recorded an RBI in six straight games setting another Giants postseason record. Sandoval managed seven multi-hit games in the postseason and was at his best during the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. He started off the Fall Classic setting the tone drilling three homers in Game 1 winning World Series MVP in the process. He batted .500 in four games recording eight hits and three homers. Throw in a .520 on-base percentage and 1.125 slugging percentage, you get a dominate 1.654 OPS. Sandoval managed a hit in 14 of 16 postseason games finishing the postseason on a 10-game hitting streak.
Sandoval was a non-factor during the Giants 2010 championship run and was an important player in the team's 2012 championship season this time around. The Panda is a fan favorite in San Francisco because of the way he plays the game giving effort and hustle every time he steps onto that field. If he can stay healthy in 2013, look for Sandoval to explode putting together his finest season yet.Tags: Baseball, MLB, Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants
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