Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/27/12
Marco Scutaro was a cast-off in Colorado. With the Rockies out of playoff contention and Scutaro sputtering, the team traded the 36-year-old infielder to the Giants at the trade deadline in exchange for cash considerations and infielder Charlie Culberson. At the time, the transaction was another midseason acquisition. Scutaro wasn't expected to make a groundbreaking impact. Yet, during the National League Championship Series, he came out of nowhere to carry the Giants' offense by drilling 14 hits -- a league championship series record -- en route to winning NLCS MVP honors. In the process, he tallied an 11-game hitting streak. Sound familiar? It should because Scutaro is emerging as San Francisco's 2012 version of Cody Ross. Two years ago, the Giants plucked Ross from waivers and received him from the Marlins for absolutely nothing. Ross was just another midseason acquisition, a right-handed hitter expected to platoon in the outfield. Yet, during the National League Championship Series, Ross ignited the Giants' offense by belting three home runs and five RBIs while hitting .350 en route to winning NLCS MVP honors. In the process, he tallied a 10-game hitting streak. Buoyed by Ross' exploits, San Francisco toppled Texas in the 2010 World Series by winning the series, 4-1. While the Giants are still two games away from duplicating the feat, Scutaro is certainly doing a splendid rendition of Ross' act. If anything, he's actually eclipsed Ross' memorable run in the NLCS –– hitting .500 against the Cardinals. He also strung together those numbers despite a hip strain, which he suffered when Matt Holliday took him out in a second-base slide. Until Game 2 of the World Series, Scutaro had collected in 11 straight postseason games, eclipsing Ross' franchise-record of 10 set back in 2010. But it's quite the connection between Scutaro and Ross. Both players are just two of five midseason pick-ups to ever win a postseason MVP award. They were underappreciated at the trade deadline, but now etching their names in the record books with the Giants. Have a question for Didier Morais? Send it to him via Twitter at @DidierMorais or send it here. He will pick a few questions to answer every week for his mailbag.
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