Friday, October 26, 2012

Pablo Sandoval is HR Power Hitter

I had a longer post I wanted to write and detail the data, but I just had to get this out:  Sandoval is a legit homerun hitter.  I am getting so tired of seeing the Fox and ESPN "analysts" harp on and on about Sandoval only having 12 homers this year.  HELLO?  Do any of you do ANY research at all about any of the players?  He was clearly injured and you would think baseball people would know that the hamate bone surgery saps power, but no.

DrB once posited that he thought that Sandoval is going to reach 40 homers one year.  I then did the research on his homerun rate and determined that he has shown enough homerun power that it would not be surprising if Sandoval did reach that figure one of these days.

And what I did did not take a lot of brain power or effort.  It is embarrassing in today's world of the internet, lots of free information, and easy analysis, that people going on TV as "experts" and spouting drivel like this.  They are such mediots!

I'll post my analysis another day, when I have more free time...

5 comments:

  1. Maybe it is me, but it has seemed like the TV commentators are all against the Giants. Whether it was St. Louis, Cincinnati, or Detroit, the commentators all keep saying how awesome XXX player in the above teams are, and how lucky the Giants have been.

    When a Giant does well, he's lucky or unusual in some way.

    When Delmon Young finally comtributes to winning some games, it is because he's great.

    Really pathetic.

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    1. I generally agree, there does seem to be that "East Coast bias" that people talk about.

      And I really agree: really pathetic.

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  2. I thought this was going to be Sandoval's breakout year. Instead, he broke a hammate. The fact that broken hammate is not mentioned... Mano...

    Pablo is a streaky hitter, and he is amazingly gifted in the hand eye department. The issues with his weight will most likely remain, and his off field distractions. I love the guy, I want him to mature a bit. Obviously he will always struggle with weight, and it is debatable what effect it has. He is an amazing athlete, and he can play a helluva third base. I think he can play a better third base with a few pounds off though.

    As for his future, sure, 40 home runs seems very do-able. But he has to really work at it. You coast on your natural talent, it'll only get you so far.

    Personally I am OK with the media just not getting the Giants. I like being underdogs, and I like these jackholes putting their foot in mouth, as Mitch Williams did calling Miggy Cabrera a better defender at third than Pablo. Just keep it coming, keep it coming.

    Great time to be a Giants fan.

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    1. For me, it is not that they don't get the Giants. It's more that they do nothing more than cursory research into the statement they are making. When, with an additional, say, minute, they would have found out that he's been a 20+ HR hitter in two other seasons, as well as having the injuries to boot.

      Yes, great time to be a Giants fan.

      As a guy in one of the seminars I went to this week, when I was on my business trip, this is not the beginning, nor the end, but the end of the beginning. I think the Giants can go on to do more than what they have in 2010-2012. I think they have the core of who they will need to continue to do this set up and ready - Sandoval, Posey, Pence, Belt, Crawford, even Blanco, he is still young, maybe even Arias, Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner, Romo, Casilla, now Kontos - and they are at the point of collectively proving themselves. In 2010, it was all about the pitching, really, but in 2012, it is a combo of pitching and hitting that is doing it together.

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  3. Sandoval missed 1/3 of the season with injuries so his projects HR total in a full season of PA's is 18 rather than 12. Still not great, but hamate injuries are notorious for sapping power. You could see the power building as the postseason went along.

    I'm just mad because I think Pablo is going to have a huge season next year and I was hoping to pick him up on the cheap in my fantasy draft. Now everybody is going to be thinking the same thing.

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