"He's amazing," Cain said. "He just hits. That's what he does." (from Jason Skoda, MLB.com)
Matt isn't the only one who likes Pablo Sandoval. Eric Seidman at FanGraphs has a nice piece on our boy ("A Second Look at Pablo Sandoval") this morning.
The big bomb in the 5th yesterday was good for a .265 WPA--it changed our win expectancy from 32.7 % to 59.2 %, the biggest hit of the game. It is nice to see a guy creeping up on the vaunted .500 SLG plateau. Other than Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, Pablo Sandoval is our brightest star right now. Are any of our other youngsters capable of stepping up and delivering this level of performance (.856 OPS)? If you are going to be a hacker who doesn't walk much, you have to hit for high average and deliver some power. Keep it up, Pablo!