Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval and right fielder Carlos Beltran are finalists for National League Gold Glove awards at their respective positions.The Phillies' Placido Polanco and the Cardinals' Daniel Descalso also are nominees at Sandoval's position, while the Dodgers' Andre Ethier and the Reds' Jay Bruce are candidates along with Beltran.
In 106 games at third base last season, Sandoval made 10 errors in 295 chances for a .966 fielding percentage, 4th best in the National League. Sandoval also turned in a 12.3 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), second only to Polanco's 14.0 mark.While Sandoval is looking to win his first Gold Glove award, Beltran is going for his fourth. The former Met, Astro, and Royal won three straight from 2006-2008, but his UZR has been negative the last two seasons, including a career-low -7.3 mark in his 2011 campaign with the Mets and Giants.Gold Glove award voters, managers and coaches from around the league, often take offense into consideration, so Beltran's .300 average and 22 home runs will help his cause. Sandoval may also benefit from his bounce-back 2011 season, which included a .315 average, 23 home runs and 70 RBIs.
PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.
“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”
It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.
“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said.
Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A.
Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher.
“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.
After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.
Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.
San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P