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The Curious Case of Pablo Sandoval…

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 6, 2010

It came up here last night but I truly am surprised that Sandoval is catching so much heat from the regular beat writers and team reporters for his failure to get to third base yesterday. I want to be clear, I never ONCE criticized his play in last night’s game. I wish I had paid more attention to the replay, but I don’t remember him getting an especially bad jump. He seemed to have a little trouble getting started but hustled the entire way. And he was only out by a whisker…….

True, Pablo is overweight. Everyone seems to want to talk about this and point to it as the reason for his failures this season. But I would argue that we really aren’t giving enough credence to his personal issues. I don’t know all the details but we know that he took a leave a couple weeks ago to finalize a divorce at home….

Pablo’s poor numbers can’t be attributed to simply his weight. How do I know?  Look to the OPS…..

Pablo’s OPS, by month, going back to last year:

4/2009: .790

5/2009: .839

6/2009: 1.203

7/2009: .856

8/2009: 1.010

9/2009: .852

10/2009: 1.471

4/2010: 1.008

5/2010: .617

6/2010: .645

7/2010: .597

8/2010: .750, so far……

What I see from looking at this guy’s OPS from month to month is, obviously, a huge drop starting in May of this year. To me, that indicates one of two things: either he’s got an undisclosed injury or his focus suddenly shifted somewhere else…..

I’m going to assume it’s the latter. Pablo walks around as of he doesn’t have a care in the world, “Mr. Happy-go-lucky”. If I could play amateur psychologist for a moment, I think that’s his way of deflecting his feelings about his personal life. I suspect a psychologist would call that “denial” or “compensation”.  And, while it’s not an unusual approach to dealing with the stressors of life, it’s probably not the most healthy. If his focus has been elsewhere, and I think it’s easy to argue that it has, that would be a better explanation for his poor year. His weight? He was fat last year and raked. In fact, he might even be a little smaller this year. The pitchers finally figured him out? Hardly, they pitched him the same way last year once they realized he swung at everything. This year he’s missing the balls he raked last year. To me, that’s focus. And if you’re a major league baseball player, your focus has to be 100% on your trade. So far this year, his has not been……

He’s a 23 year old kid who had a bomb dropped on him in May, of that there can be almost no question. He hasn’t dealt with it very skillfully, certainly not from the emotional side. I hope he’s getting the help that he needs. If his OPS this month is any indication, he’s started to move on a little. It’s heartbreaking to assess a human being’s personal life through his month-to-month OPS. Almost ridiculous, really. But the theory I floated today makes more sense, to me, than the “fat theory” or the “Pitcher’s have figured him out and he hasn’t adjusted” theory……..

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  1. Macdog said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Can’t the Giants keep anyone named Gonzalez in the damn park?

  2. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    All their goddamn runs (4) so far have come via the HR. Keep’em in the yard and they won’t score.

  3. Unca Chuck said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    High cheese.

    What’d I miss from Fred? More shit AB’s?

    Christ, 14 years after he retired, Barry Bonds is gong to trial.

    What kind of a fucking joke is that?

  4. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    He’s given up one fucking run. What the offense has done for this Guy the last 5 or 6 starts is absurd. It’s worse than anything Cain ever went through over a similar stretch….

  5. Unca Chuck said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    ell, I just truned the game on, see a hanger that Gonzalez fouled off, then the same pitch Gonzalez jacks . . .

    Timing is everything I guess.

  6. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Too far away from the plate? Well no fycking shit einstein. He tries to send 85% of his swings to rf, you sorta have to be off the plate all the time when you take that approach…..

  7. Unca Chuck said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    How the hell did the Giants score off this guy?

    • delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

      Torres single, steal, steal, Huff grounder.

  8. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    comrades, anybody streaming the game? justin.tv/kostaz003 isn’t and my local TBS station isn’t

  9. Michael said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Well, Matt has had whole YEARS like this stretch, not even close.

  10. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Jesus and his disciples are in a funk.

  11. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I’ll posit that Zito’s run support (id est, lack therof) in his tenure as a Giant is very comparable to Cain’s. I await the results of the punchcards shuffling through the room-size computertron.

  12. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Shit.

  13. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Make that all 5 of their runs have come via the HR. Keep those motherfuckers in the goddamn yard.

  14. Unca Chuck said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Did Dunn go to the Dogs?

    Speaking of bats . . .

  15. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I can’t stand Chipper Jones or the Braves or their lame tomahawk chant or their uniforms or their homers or their awshucks good ol’ boy-ness. Shite.

  16. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Is this Groundhog Day?

  17. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    We better score quick, or it’s gonna be that Venters dude again. None chance.

  18. xootsuit said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    2 3 run HRs for Dunn tonight? And he’s still the bird on the wire?

  19. Michael said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Cain: 2005 3.29 2006 4.67 2007 3.2 2008 3.12 2009 4.26 2010 3.64
    Zitfuck: 2007 4.21 2008 3.60 2009 3.54 2010 3.75

  20. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    c’mon, Trav, do your Adam Dunn impersonination

  21. Macdog said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    He struck out, Pawlie, is that close enough?

  22. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    We’re getting schooled by fucking Vincent van Gogh.

  23. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Twin, I’m not a statistician but to my eyes most of those years — not all; 2005 and 2006 we can’t compare 1:1 — line up pretty close. But I honestly don’t know the normal ranges. What’s an average NL starter get for run support in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010?

  24. alleykat said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Yeah fuck the Braves!!!! Your weather sucks,your broadcasters are a joke.You do that lame ‘ass Tomahawk chop,You think your America team well your NOT! So Fuck you Braves,the “Dodgers of the South”,fill a Dr.Pepper bottle with boiled peanuts and shove it up your ass!
    And then theirs Bobby Cox with his I have hemorrhoids expression all the time grimace.Fuck you too! Had a few things to get off my chest! Back to drinking!

  25. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Phillies red hot; Mets cooked. I am frankly worried about the wild card. Our best shot is to take the division, which I believe we can do, without a doubt.

  26. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Fuck the chop.

  27. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Strange thing, pitching. Zito 10K’s but two HRs. Carlton was like that near the end. Strikeout or homer. For that matter, so was GingerBreadBoy McGwire. Not saying for a minute that Zito is washed up the way Lefty was at the end. A game of millimeters.

  28. Bozo said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Pulled his foot at first

  29. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Somebody needs to run into one…

  30. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    “fuck the chop”–based on the half hearted efforts I saw tonight from those bumpkins, they feel the same way……

  31. alleykat said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Boy nothing like 2 gifts to start the inning!! Let’s go Uribe

  32. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Tie Game!!

  33. xootsuit said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Atlanta, bumpkins? Yeah, those chumps at Coca Cola are hicks, they’ll probably slip up and sell that formula for a song.

    Spent some business time in Atlanta in the 90s. Didn’t make it to the King Center (wanted to, but bidness is bidness). Did bump into a few people who’d relocated from the Bay Area and who loved both cities equally.

    Luck is the glue that holds the world together. Nice “hit.”

  34. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I will take that

  35. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Ugh. Tough one

  36. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Now Rent’s a little dinged so Travis had to hit. How’s that 13-man staff working for ya now Sabean? Tool.

  37. alleykat said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Not sure why he didn’t PH Ishi there with Rent? Rent hit the ball hard off of Wagner last night.

  38. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Dennis you have to be blowing an absolute gasket right now dude. 13 pitchers! No one on the bench!
    Haha, the thing that kills me is…….they don’t even use these fucking pitchers on the bench, haha!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. xootsuit said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Zito’s 85-5 when he gets 6 or more run support. I didn’t check to see how many of those wins were with the Giants. 😉

  40. Macdog said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Rent didn’t PH because the pitcher’s spot was up next.

  41. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    It’s absolutely fucking idiotic. There’s NO defense for it. NONE. Any further games played with 13 pitchers and I will root for the opponent in protest of Sabean’s incompetence.

  42. Macdog said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Especially when the 13th pitcher is Wellemeyer.

  43. Michael said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Your constant ragging on it is what’s idiotic, Denny.

    • delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      It’s not ragging when I’m right.

  44. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Jesus, Nate!

  45. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Shitholtz is a fucking tool. Does he ever get a good jump from first?

  46. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Nate needs adderall.

  47. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Torres HAS to go here.

  48. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    What a Joke.

  49. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Fucking dumbfuck Fred doesn’t even give Torres the goddamn chance. Stoopid pills run amok.

  50. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Franchez= the opposite of Robby Thompson……but he fields a hellavu routine ground ball play at second, doesn’t he????

  51. alleykat said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Yeah thats the biggest joke about Nate.K&K continue to say he has speed,but no one ever sees it.Alot like when they had Lewis.

  52. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Sanchez is without question the worst #2 hitter in all of baseball. He sucks. End of discussion.

  53. Macdog said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Padres lost. C’mon Giants, win this friggin’ thing!

  54. TedSpe said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Okay. Just got here. Someone please apprise me who “shithead” is

  55. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    If you don’t desist, I nominate you both for the penal colony. Into the box, boss.

  56. TedSpe said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    PAT THE HAT…err, BAT

  57. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Yeeeeeaaaaaaaah!

  58. alleykat said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you Lord!!! And you too Pat

  59. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    absolutely no need for Guillen at all, right?

    • TedSpe said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

      Guillen.
      Too hard to pronounce anyway

    • delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      If it’ll mean a defection from the pen, I’d take Freddy Sanchez Jr.

  60. Michael said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    This would be a total gift if they hold on. And they bail out Zitfuck.

  61. xootsuit said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    yeah, zito really sucked tonight

  62. TedSpe said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I can’t believe this. Doesn’t Ishi have God on his side?

  63. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Any chance B-Wheezy goes 1-2-3?

    • bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • TedSpe said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      Why you be messin’ with Mrs. Jefferson?

  64. bigflavor said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    no hits in the 9th to tie it, no hits in the 11th to win it. That’s “God” on your side. baby, no matter who you think he is……

  65. alleykat said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Now is everyone ready for the Adventures of Brian Wilson! Hey no orange shoes tonight,Just your basic black and grey.Hope there’s still magic in the shoes!

  66. Michael said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    As detailed the other night, if they got Guillen, Shitholtz undoubtedly goes. The guys who would then lose starts are Rowand and Travis, not Pat.

  67. stixwiz said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Ishi=2x Ishy. Time to call up Brandon Belt.

  68. Michael said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Zitfuck was fine tonight. Two more years of it and he can live.

  69. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    1.

  70. TedSpe said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I fucking love Brian Wilson!! Nasty looking mother fucker as well!!

  71. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    2.

  72. PawlieKokonuts said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    2

  73. delmardennis said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I guess there was a chance. Threeeeeeeeeee!

  74. Macdog said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. freshtodef80 said, on August 6, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Yeah Baby!


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