MLB News: Giants Sandoval as Catcher, Phillies Halladay, Mets Gee

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Panda Behind the Plate

Wilth Buster Posey done for the year, Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted Friday that he and GM Brian Sabean have been talking about using Pablo Sandoval occasionally at catcher, a position he hasn’t played in any meaningful way since 2008.

Before yesterday’s game Bochy spoke about the possibility of playing Sandoval, at first base. Bochy then added, “I think he’d be fine behind the plate, too. Don’t think we haven’t discussed that. It’s not something we’ve ruled out.” Bochy emphasized that Sandoval probably would catch about twice a week.

Sandoval caught in 83 of 112 games for high-Class A San Jose and Double-A Connecticut in 2008 before he was promoted to the San Francisco Giants in mid-August. He caught 11 games for San Francisco that season and three in 2009. Bochy expressed the belief that Sandoval would need only a game or two to “get the feeling back” of catching. Sandoval is currently testing his surgically repaired right hand on a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno and is expected to be activated next week.

This is a dream come true for frustrated Fantasy Baseball owners. The Panda was really firing on all cylinders before he went down with a hand injury and now patient owners may be rewarded with a quality hitter who will end up qualifying at three positions, third base, first base and catcher, both this year and next. 

Doc First to Nine Wins

Roy Halladay tossed seven shutout innings, fanning nine, and Domonic Brown and Placido Polanco clubbed home runs as the Philadelphia Phillies won 7-5 on Friday despite a bullpen meltdown.

It’s pretty amazing how consistent Halladay his. You would think pulling Doc would be safe with a 7 run lead after seven innings, but apparently not because they almost blew it. Just let him finish the darned thing.

Gee Wiz!

Dillon Gee remained the only undefeated starter in the National League as the New York Mets pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-1, at PNC Park on Friday night. Gee threw eight strong innings, allowing just one run on eight hits. He struck out five batters, and 73 of his 104 pitches were strikes.

With the win, he is 7-0 and the only undefeated starter in the National League. Among those with at least five starts, he is the sole pitcher whose team is undefeated when he pitches. The Mets are now 9-0 with Gee on the mound to begin the game. Gee’s 7-0 mark equals the fourth-best streak to start the season by a Mets pitcher. According the Elias Sports Bureau, he is only the second rookie since 2000 to open a season with a winning streak of seven games or more. The Angels’ Jered Weaver started 9-0 in ’06.

The sad part is that he’s only pitching because of injuries sustained to other starters and has been losing his spot whenever a starter comes off the DL. With Chris Young done for the year and Johan Santana still a few weeks away, Gee has been proving that he should be here to stay. Mets starters have been pitching exceptionally well of late and when Santana comes back, they need figure out a way to make certain this kid remains in the rotation.

Don’t look now but NY Mets are 3-1 on this road trip with a chance to reach the .500 mark today. Who knows, if they can get above .500, they might even let Jayson Bay play!

Random Musings

You tell me, did forget the words here right? Some people have been emailing me that he was texting! No way…

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