Can Pablo Sandoval Kick His Slump?

May 6, 2014

Pablo Sandoval Slump
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Pablo Sandoval’s new physique has not translated to the success he was hoping for to land that shiny new contract. Evidently less Panda is not a good thing.
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Fantasy owners need not panic though as a turnaround should be in order.
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Through 30 games Sandoval is hitting .173 with 12 runs, two home runs and six RBI. That’s certainly not going to break the bank or lead a fantasy owner to the promised land. Keep in mind that his BABIP is .207. He’s never going to confuse anyone for a burner on the basepaths, but he had a BABIP of .301 in each of the past two years and has a career mark of .312. He has never finished a season below .291 at any level. Panda’s luck is bound to change and his numbers will be on the rise
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Throughout his career he has been a better second half of the season player. His average, slugging percentage and OPS are .283, .452 and .789 respectively during the first half and .303, .486 and .844 in the second half.
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As bad as April was (.176 average, .572 OPS), May has been even worse thus far (.143, .343). That isn’t bound to change unfortunately as May has historically been the Panda’s worst month with a batting average of .257 and an OPS of .702. It’s his only month below a .281 average or a .797 OPS.
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Pablo has been bad at home hitting .208 with a .603 OPS, but he has been dreadful on the road with .140 and .474 marks. Clearly he can improve in both areas.
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Bury him on the bench for a bit longer if you can and hopefully he’ll heat up along with the weather. ┬áNow is also a great time to try to buy low on him.
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