Marco Scutaro: The Best 2012 Trade Deadline Deal And NLCS MVP

Wednesday, October.24/2012

The Post Season almost ended for Marco Scutaro in Game #2 in St. Louis as Matt Holliday slid late to break up a double play. Scutaro stayed in that game and collected a key hit before being pulled as a precautionary move. He would come back and play from games 3-7.  —Photo Courtesy of giants.com

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer):

am pleased to always write about a player that has appeared one of my #UnheraldedAwarenessWeeks on Twitter.  For those that don’t know what that is, every week I pick a retired player and a current player to talk about and share info, stats, stories and funny anecdotes about.  Marco Scutaro was one of those players in September.  My buddy Patrick (who hosts a PODCAST I do MLB Expert Interviews on called ‘The Big Ticket Show‘) was the first one to say this signing was good.  I did remember that Scutaro was able to plate a 100 runs for the Jays in 2009 despite only playing in 144 games and also provided solid offense out of the Shortstop Position.  He was hitting in low .300’s at the time of the trade on July.27 to the San Francisco Giants from the Rockies.  I wasn’t as sold on the guy heading to AT &T Park to play half of his games at home.  I quickly came on board when he started tearing it up in his 1st week as a Giant.  Boy did I ever turn out to be wrong with him batting in San Francisco too, where he hit .352 in 33 games at AT &T Park in 2012.  That is an incredible average for what is one of the toughest parks on player averages in the Major Leagues!

With his 3rd organization since Jan.21 of this year, Scutaro has provided the necessary spark to the Giants lineup that was voided with losing Melky Cabrera. At 37 years old, he should be able to garner one more multi-year contract

Scutaro ended up being the best trade deadline acquisition in the Major Leagues this year.  Not only did he hit .339 in the second half, he also hit .402 in the month of September and the last 3 games of the regular season in October.  After going 0-12 in the 1st 3 games against Cincinnati in the NLDS, Scutaro has put a 9 game hitting streak together-and he had 6 multi-hit games in the NLCS en-route to being named the NLCS MVP.  He has pivotal game changing hits in Game #2 (where he also got run into by a hard and controversial slide by Matt Holiday before leaving) and in Games 6 and 7.  Scutaro tied and LCS record by recording 14 hits in 28 AB for a .500 Average. while scoring 7 runs.  The man has also contributed solid defense at second base, a position the Giants have struggled to fill since Jeff Kent left almost a decade ago. 

Marco Scutaro burst onto the scene with a career year in 2009, when he scored 100 runs for the Toronto Blue Jays. He parlayed that season into a 3 YR/17 Million Free Agent Contract Signing with the Boston Red Sox. With his electric 2012, he will likely almost double those numbers in a new contract in the off-season.  Will he be back in SF for 2013?

Marco Scutaro was signed as a teenage Free Agent by the Cleveland Indians in 1994.  He has toiled around with 8 Major League organizations including the Indians, Brewers, Mets, Athletics,  Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies and finally this year with the Giants.  He was traded by the Red Sox to the Rockies in January of 2012 after 2 productive seasons, proceeded by 2 good years in Toronto.  So why is this guys being traded so much?  Whatever the case is for this, Scutaro picked a great came to post career highs in AVG (.306 – 8th in the NL) and hits in 190 (3rd in the NL.)  He has had a huge impact on the Giants lineup since the loss of Melky Cabrera to the PED’s scandal.  He has formed a great 1-2 punch with CF Angel Pagan, to table set so brilliantly for Buster Posey.  Make no bones about it, Buster Posey’ explosive second half numbers does not happen without the stellar play of Scutaro.

Scutaro has hit .354 in the playoffs despite his 0-12 beginning.  He and Pagan will be counted on once again in the World Series to deliver the same caliber of baseball that has brought them this far.  With facing hard-throwing starting pitchers such as Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer it will be incumbent Scutaro as the teams best contact hitter to get on base and force the Tigers pitchers to pitch to Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey.  Scutaro only struck out 49 times in 683 Plate Appearances this year in the regular season or about 1 time per 13.5 AB.  In the playoffs, Scutaro has only going back to the dugout with a k once in 51 PA.  This guy has truly warped into Mr. Playoffs.

In every playoff run, secondary players step up and out-perform their career numbers.  I couldn’t be any happier for the guy being the one to steal the spotlight so far.  It is my only hope that he is able to keep his performance up  in the World Series.  If he does, there is a good chance the Giants will have their 2nd  Parade in the Bay Area in the last 3 years. It will mean that my preseason and pre-playoff pick to win the World Series (The Tigers) would walk away empty-handed from the WS for the second time in 6 years.  Either way, I am going to look good in my prognostications.  Thanks Fellas!

WInning the NLCS MVP was only a sample of what the guy had done, the Giants went 38-23 (.623) in his 61 games while he clubbed 88 hits (.362 AVG) and scored 40 runs. In this Post Season, he has added 17 Hits in 48 AB (.354). He has also had 8 hits in 19 AB (.421) in the 6 straight elimination games the Giants have won in the 2 playoff rounds. —-Photo courtesy of CBS Sports.com

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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