Pablo Sandoval had one of the best MLB postseasons in the history of the game last fall.
The San Francisco Giants won their second World Series title in just three seasons I believe that the success Sandoval enjoyed during their run will transfer to the regular season in 2013.
Going back and looking at Sandoval’s numbers it’s almost uncanny to see such production in the fall classic. The third baseman clubbed six home runs, 15 RBI and finished with a .325 batting average in the 2012 postseason. Sandoval was especially brutal to the Detroit Tigers in the the World Series, where he hit .500 and three home runs versus a team that was the favorite to win the series.
While Sandoval’s 47 total bases last postseason is definitely worth noting a new season is upon us in 2013 and pitchers will be keeping a keen eye on him come April. Keep in mind the 2012 regular season was not the best for Sandoval as he only played in 108 games with a career-low 12 home runs and 63 RBI. Furthermore, he must prove that he can play in a full season as he hasn’t played in more than 117 games in each of the last two seasons.
After hitting .325 in 2011 Sandoval’s average dropped to .283 in 2012, which isn’t something to frown upon, but still could definitely be improved. Manning third base and the #3 spot in the Giants lineup Sandoval is going to be a big factor on whether or not this team can win the NL West for the second year in a row.
I expect a solid season from the “Kung-Fu Panda” with 22 home runs, 80 RBI’s and a .311 batting average for a star that will play in more than 140 games for the first time since 2010.