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How do you fix a broken Panda?

Just like the sound of one hand clapping and various other confounding queries involving mountains, streams and other naturalistic themes, this is a trick question. The correct answer of course is that the Panda fixes himself, and no need to look to religions other than baseball to illustrate this. 

If you hadn't been keeping up, Pablo Sandoval is now officially having a terrible May, posting a line of .087/.130/.087/.217 through the month to date. And while the average Giants fan can't be pleased about this, the bigger question is: is this something to really worry about? 

Unless Sandoval is struggling with an undisclosed injury -- and from his defensive play there's no reason to think so -- we can probably just relax and wait. Here's why...

Thanks to the tools available at the generally excellent baseball-reference.com we can quickly isolate the few prior short bad slumps in Sandoval's career. I confined this to four game stretches where he started, got at least 14 PA over those stretches and came up with 2 or fewer hits. 

Invariably the numbers tend to show that the Panda just hits his way out of slumps, no rest required. In the 15 game periods following the 7 slumps, the break-out includes some impressive numbers including 145 hits, 35 doubles, 12 home runs and a .931 OPS over those 105 games. And if you're playing along at home, propelling the team to a 59-46 record for those games. 

 Dates of Interest  Gm GS Rslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB SO HP SH SF   AVG  OBP  SLG   OPS
Sep 01-Sep 05, 2008  4  4  1-3 19 16  4  2  0  0  1   2  3  0  2  0  0  0  .125 .263 .313  .576
Sep 06-Sep 20, 2008 15 13  9-6 61 57 12 21  6  0  1  15  0  0  3  1  0  3  .368 .361 .526  .887

Apr 11-Apr 15, 2009  4  4  0-4 14 13  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  3  1  0  0  .000 .071 .000  .071
Apr 16-May 03, 2009 15 15 10-5 61 58  6 22  4  2  2   7  3  2  6  0  0  0  .379 .410 .621 1.031

May 06-May 10, 2009  4  4  3-1 20 19  2  2  1  0  0   2  1  0  2  0  0  0  .105 .150 .158  .308
May 11-May 31, 2009 15 15  6-9 63 59  8 21  7  0  1  10  3  0  8  1  0  0  .356 .397 .525  .922

Jun 29-Jul 02, 2009  4  4  2-2 19 16  2  2  0  0  0   2  2  0  5  0  0  1  .125 .211 .125  .336
Jul 03-Jul 22, 2009 15 15  8-7 63 60  7 18  2  1  4  16  3  2 11  0  0  0  .300 .333 .567  .900

Jul 19-Jul 22, 2009  4  4  1-3 16 16  1  2  1  0  0   1  0  0  5  0  0  0  .125 .125 .188  .313
Jul 23-Aug 07, 2009 15 15 10-5 65 58  8 24  7  0  2  12  5  1  5  1  0  1  .414 .462 .638 1.099

Sep 03-Sep 06, 2009  4  4  2-2 18 14  0  2  1  0  0   1  4  1  4  0  0  0  .143 .333 .214  .548
Sep 07-Sep 23, 2009 15 15  7-8 63 58 12 20  5  1  1   8  5  0  7  0  0  0  .345 .397 .517  .914

Apr 14-Apr 18, 2010  4  4  2-2 17 14  2  2  1  0  1   1  3  1  5  0  0  0  .143 .294 .429  .723
Apr 19-May 06, 2010 15 15  9-6 66 62  7 19  4  0  1   5  4  1  5  0  0  0  .306 .348 .419  .768

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