I don't want to get too goofy over one at-bat, but didn't it seem like Pablo Sandoval went up to the plate with a plan last night? It was as if he were muttering "Don't swing at the first pitch. Don't swing at the first pitch" before he came to the plate. Drawing an analogy from "The Miracle Worker" is pretty offensive, but I couldn't help it. It kept running through my head last night. Pablo is teachable! He's teachable! If you know the movie, you know the scene I'm talking about.
Pablo + patience = All-Star. And I'm not talking about a 10% or 15% walk rate, either. Patience for Pablo is going to mean that he waits for a pitch from shoulder to knees instead of swinging at everything from scalp to soles.
I watched that replay about 19 times last night. It's been a while since a win felt that good. This one came close, but Sandoval being one strike away from losing the game is the trump card. No one would have been surprised at a weak grounder to short.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch the highlights again.
|2009 - Barry Zito||1-2||6||6||0||0||0||0||35.1||32||14||14||2||12||24||3.57||1.25|
|2009 - Shairon Martis||4-0||6||6||1||0||0||0||34.2||38||19||18||3||13||19||4.67||1.47|