Ohhhhhhhh boy, here we go.
I’m going to try to be as fair as possible here, but expect a few jabs and plenty of fat jokes (low hanging fruit be damned).
I’ll be honest, I hate Pablo Sandoval. It’s gotten to a point where I’ve written so much on the subject I’m probably on some kind of list. But seriously, when you cover the news and ALL you read is how fat he is, how many errors he makes, and how he doesn’t seem to care about any of it how can you NOT get pissed off?
2015 was a season of career-lows for Sandoval.
He batted .245, had a .292 OBP and posted an anemic .366 SLG. His career averages are .288/.339/.452 so 2015 seems to be the exception to the rule. I don’t think he’ll do as poorly as he did last season, given the chance I think he could even be passable.
But then there’s the fact that he is an insufferable pissant who hates that we are always on his back and very well may spiral downward from that. Simply put, Sandoval is 2016’s Crawford. He hates it here–the humidity, the fans breathing down his neck and demanding perfection; it’s a far cry from San Francisco.
Unless Sandoval can get his act together, swallow his pride (but nothing else) and play hard with his head down he won’t survive this season.
So I’m going to give two projections, as a lefty hitter Sandoval should be helped by Fenway, not hurt by it, so if we get the “good Sandoval” he should hit around .280-.290 with 10-12 homers.
The “bad Sandoval”? Probably .240 for half the season before being benched in favor of Travis Shaw.
Why the Sox went after Sandoval, a guy who trashed his team out the door and shoved both feet and more in his mouth, I will never know. I do know this, the Sox aren’t going to bend over for the players any more and if Sandoval sucks, he’s not playing–plain and simple.