Wednesday, July 04, 2012

All-Star Sandoval plays like one

I've ignored the faux outrage over Giants fans' ballot-stuffing to get Melky Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey named as All-Star starters -- mainly due to my not taking the All-Star Game very seriously. First off, it's not as if these guys are the second coming of Roy McMillan (if you're wondering, Roy was  Reds shortstop who got elected in 1957 over Ernie Banks). It's not as if Dee Gordon made the team.

Sandoval gets routinely disrespected because of the weight issue, the fact that he has a kid-like nickname and the East Coast bias in the national media. Do you think I'm over-reaching here? Let me explain, based on what recently posted on the www.sfgiants.com site.

There's no doubt that David Wright of the Mets has put up a better season than Sandoval, mainly because Wright hasn't been injured. Still, it's hard to believe that a pro reporter like Chris Haft would get his facts so wrong about the team he's assigned to cover. So, here's my small attempt to set the facts straight.

Chris Haft's game coverage for mlb.com notes that Sandoval was pretty much the only guy hitting for the Orange and Black today -- although he manages to get it wrong in saying that Sandoval hit his first homer since coming back from the hamate bone injury. Sandoval hit a long homer Friday night. I'm guessing that Haft's stuff is posted with either no editing or a very cursory read by some editor. I'd be surprised if the story isn't fixed soon, given that it's the leading story on the SF Giants official site, but right now this is what it says -- 

 But except for Pablo Sandoval, who went 3-for-4 with his first home run since fracturing his left hamate bone, San Francisco's offense shut down for the rest of the game.
Bumgarner surrendered Washington's first seven runs, another personal season high. Coming off a one-hit shutout of Cincinnati and a 5-0 June, he lasted one batter into the sixth inning. That ended a stretch of 15 starts in which he worked at least six innings.
Sandoval began his productive day by capping the Giants' big first inning off Washington starter Edwin Jackson with a two-run homer, ending a 22-game power outage since he was activated from the disabled list on June 9.

One of the few decent parts of today's game in DC was watching Sandoval pound the ball. Perhaps he's not having the season that David Wright is having but he's also the best hitter on a team that's in first place, though that may change by the end of today.

Unfortunately, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner have pitched like garbage in the past 24 hours.

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