Just some quick thoughts on the departure of Panda.
First of all, his replacement, Casey McGehee, isn’t even on the Giants roster, he’s in Sacramento, and yes, he may come back up, but the impetus for his demotion is one Matt Duffy.
So, Duffy isn’t exactly raking in the leaderboards, but let’s look at how he compares to Panda (Duffy v Sandoval):
AB: 137, 176 (Duffy has 39 fewer ABs, which is to be expected since McGehee had more ABs earlier)
AVG: .270, .239 (advantage: Duffy)
HR: 3, 5 ( (advantage: Panda, but he has more ABs)
RBI: 22, 17 (advantage: Duffy)
OBP: .313, .306 (advantage: Duffy)
SLG: .380, .352 (advantage: Duffy)
OPS: .692, .682 (advantage: Duffy)
Errors: 2, 7 (advantage: Duffy)
Fielding Pct: .972, .935 (advantage: Duffy)
Considering Pablo is making $17 million this year, and Duffy is making $509,000, I think this is a win-win so far for the Giants. Of course, Pablo doesn’t have a Skeeter, so can he really win?