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The 2011 Panda is much more agile than the 2010 chubbier Panda.
2011 stats- 47 GP, 182 ABs, .302 BA, eight HRs, 27 RBI, and a .344 OBP
If Pablo Sandoval had not broken his hand at the end of April, he would have been the fifth Giant All-Star. I strongly believe that Panda can find himself in the NL MVP conversation at the end of the year.
I may be a bit crazy for that last statement, but here is my thinking. In July, seven games, Panda's stat line is as follows: .344 BA, two HRs, nine RBI, five doubles, and an OBP of .382. Those numbers are really out of this world for seven games. He is averaging an extra base hit in each game thus far and an RBI a game as well.
Pablo struggled in his return from his broken hand injury only hitting one HR in June, 16 games. He hit that one HR on the last day of June as well.
Panda has seen the effects of his weight loss at the dish, but also in the field. Panda has only made two errors this season and his range has seen a major increase.
Expect Panda to continue to lead the Giants on offense. Pablo is on a tear to start off July, and if he keeps it up he could find himself in the NL MVP conversation.