Will Monster Game Spark San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval To Strong Finish In 2013?

By Thom Tsang
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Thought you had a pretty good day on Wednesday? Sorry, but Pablo Sandoval almost certainly has you topped — and he was at hard at work with the San Francisco Giants, too.

Then again, even as far as playing a children’s game as a professional goes, it’s hard to imagine that the third baseman would have felt like he was technically working on this day — that is, unless he really hates hitting home runs. Fortunately for the Giants, that wasn’t the case as the slugger brought his mini 2013 coming out party to the home of the San Diego Padres, unleashing his power by crushing a grand total of three home runs.

Not too shabby for a guy who’d been largely a disappointment through most of the season, eh?

And while even this circus-like power display in one game won’t be enough to truly redeem Sandoval in what can only be described as a step back overall in 2013, you can’t help but think that it might just be the spark he needs to really get moving on that road to redemption.

That, of course, starts with him crushing everything he sees at the plate over the final month of the season.

As far as that goes, he couldn’t have asked for a better start. Despite problems with his weight and overall health leading to a season of inconsistency, the swing-happy Sandoval is still arguably the best pure hitter that the Giants have to offer, a skill that he’s been busy putting on display over the better part of a week.

See, while it’s easy to key in on his monster performance on Tuesday, what should also be noted is that it was also part of a modest six-game hitting streak. Panda has hit in six of his last seven contests, and the last time he hit a home run? A 3-for-4 performance back on August 27; when it rains hits for Sandoval, chances are pretty good that he’ll catch one.

The most impressive thing about this streak, however, is the consistency he’s found in even just getting singles in-between those big games with home runs.

He hasn’t put this kind of hitting display since a six-game hitting streak back in July, and is just four away from matching his season high. Not only does it bode well for the month of September that he owns a 1.253 OPS, but it’s starting to look like he may be able to maintain it through the final month of the season.

Thom is an MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlueJaysRant, or add him to your network on Google

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