Pablo Sandoval, 0-3 again, is tired? Why?Author: AnnKillion | Filed under: Uncategorized
Another rough day in Giantsville. Didn’t go to the game, but not surprised by the result:
And Pablo Sandoval – the guy who was supposed to provide the offensive spark this year -went 0-for-3. He wasn’t the only one. The Giants were bewitched by Padres pitcher Mat Latos, who only gave up one hit – to Eli Whiteside in the sixth.
But the Panda Problem continues to grow.
According to hitting coach Hensley Meulens, Sandoval is “fighting fatigue…He’s played every game.”
Gosh, it’s only mid-May. He’s only 23. Is it already time for fatigue?
Perhaps. Maybe we can all agree, that Sandoval needs a day off. But I think he needs to take something else off. The guy is carrying around 30 extra pounds. You try carrying the equivalent of a three-year old around 24 hours a day and you’d be fighting fatigue, too.
Meulens said the weight i battles part of the exhaustion: Sandoval is still doing extra cardio after games to try to trim down.
Basically, Operation Panda – which got a lot of publicity in the offseason – was a bust. The 23-year old didn’t lose enough weight to sustain the grind of playing. He’s still trying to lose it, though the season is started, and now seems to be caught in a vicious cycle. He probably has a lot of anxiety about it too – the hitting slump, the cardio workouts, the expecctations.
That doesn’t bode well for the Giants who – a week ago – had the best record in the NL. This week they look like last year’s team: fatigued, impotent at the plate and injury prone. Mid-May is when we can usually start to take the true measure of a baseball team.
Afraid we may be seeing the real Giants right now.