Back Up Panda

Paul RaymondCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2010

It looks like the honeymoon is over for the San Francisco Giants and Pablo Sandoval. The “Kung-Fu Panda” was a hit in his first full big league season, hitting like a veteran in his prime but now in his sophomore season he’s been something different. At times he’s looked more like a lost rookie then a superstar in the making and because of that manager Bruce Bochy has finally had enough. According to Andrew Baggarly, Bochy has finally decided to send Sandoval to the bench.

@extrabaggs – Bochy talked to Pablo Sandoval, who appears to be a bench guy now. Bochy said he’d start Renteria, if healthy, and move Uribe to 3B in COL.

I’m amazed it’s taken a team in the playoff race to take this long to make a move. Sandoval hasn’t been horrible this season but he’s had some stretches where he’s looked that way, especially recently. For the season, Pablo is batting .263 with 12 hrs and 60 rbis. During the month of September (15 games) he’s batting an absolutely dreadful .136 with only two runs batted in and even worse, only one extra base hit.

His September flop is actually surprising to me as in the month of August, he’s looked a lot like last years Kung-Fu Panda. The Giants probably thought their boy was back and the National League West title would be theirs, but obviously not. It was just, what it was, a hot streak.

Sending Sandoval to the bench is a good thing for the Giants as they race for the playoffs but if they want future success they need to get his head straight. In 2009, he proved he an anchor in any lineup, so maybe it is time to shut him down. Give him some rest and clear his head, something that small could be enough to make something click.