Pablo Sandoval is a big piece of the Giants lineup, literally and figuratively, and the slumping team will welcome him back with open arms Monday night in Los Angeles.
The Giants have struggled to score runs all year (11th in the NL) and with their all star third baseman on the DL with a strained left foot, the offense has become anemic, as the team just lost three out of four games to the last-place Marlins.
Only Miami and Kansas City have hit fewer homeruns than the Giants, and before Hunter Pence’s blast Sunday the Giants had gone 90 straight innings without a homerun dating back to June, 14. The threat of the long ball from Sandoval will impact opposing pitchers game plans instantly, and loosen up the bats around him in the middle of the lineup.
“I don’t want to put all of that pressure on Pablo, but it certainly should do something for the club and we need a lift right now. He’ll keep the pressure off of the other guys from trying to do too much,” said Bruce Bochy.