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Three months ago Marco Scutaro was playing poorly on a last-place team

Oct 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Marco Scutaro hit .362 in 61 regular season games for the Giants, was named MVP of the NLCS, and delivered the World Series-winning hit in Game 4 last night.

It was one helluva stint in San Francisco for the 37-year-old veteran and made even more amazing by the fact that three months ago Scutaro was playing for a last-place team and playing pretty poorly too.

Before the Rockies traded Scutaro to the Giants on July 27 he hit just .271 with a .324 on-base percentage and .361 slugging percentage in 95 games. To put in some context, consider that Scutaro’s batting average (.362) with the Giants was higher than his slugging percentage (.361) with the Rockies and his .684 OPS for Colorado was the worst mark of his entire career despite calling Coors Field home.

Away from the best hitter’s ballpark in baseball Scutaro hit .238 with a .570 OPS in 47 games for the Rockies, who traded him for a non-prospect and then watched him hit .362 in the regular season and .328 in the postseason.

Scutaro said it best when asked about his journey from playing poorly on a last-place team to starring on the World Series winners: “This is a dream come true. If anybody would’ve told me in late June that I was going to be in the World Series, or I was going to be a world champ, I would’ve slapped you in the face.”

  1. kiwicricket - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Now watch as Sabe’s signs him to a 3yr $20M contract.

    Can’t exactly mock him though, can we

    • stex52 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Sure we can. We just probably shouldn’t for some decent, short interval.

    • temporarilyexiled - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      YOU can mock him, along with plenty of other locals who still think they’re smarter than him. I learned my lesson. The real fun is seeing how the Giants will now operate with enough cash on hand to get things done. If they keep the pitching and defense intact, and continue to do a good job of plugging hitters into the equation from both the farm system and from the trade and free agent markets, we might actually see something that resembles a dynasty. We’re certainly far from that, as of yet.

  2. bluburt - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    If Sabean offers 3/20, you can bet that Colletti will offer 4/30…

    • kiwicricket - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      After the conclusion of the 3/20?

  3. APBA Guy - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Scutaro’s a good guy. I liked the Big Hurt’s comments last night, to the effect that Oakland didn’t give Scutaro a real shot when they were there (in 2006). But let’s be honest, he had a great streak for two months. His career numbers don’t lie, especially at his age: .731 OPS in 4388 AB’s.

    • Old Gator - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Thanks for the numbers. Where’s the snark?

      • sailcat54 - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Bochy might be providing an environment that will allow Scutaro to be more than a journeyman hack. Bochy has a talent for firing up players. That said, Scutaro might be a solid addition to the Giants for two or three years.

  4. cur68 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    By all reports he was a good dude on The Beaver Wrestlers, I know that. I was real sorry when he wasn’t back with them. Whatever confluence of events saw him turn into a monster in SF, I hope he can hang on to it one more year and then retire, Larry Jones style (except for the bit where Larry crashed out in the playoffs: that wasn’t cool). A tip O’ The Beaver Men Cap to Marco. He was a stud.

    • Old Gator - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Oddly enough, I’m heading for Beaver country on Friday. Taking in a Cowboy Junkies concert in Burlington, a smoked meat sandwich and a bowl of cabbage borscht at Caplansky’s, and generally prowling Queen West for great music without bongos and cajones for a change (yes, that’s spelled correctly) before bolting back to the tropics on Sunday night for a thaw. I love Toronto. I’m just sorry it’s too late to take in a game at the Rogers.

      Proudlycanadian – a while back you mentioned a superlative sushi bar somewhere – can’t recall if it was in the city or out near the airport. Do you recall which one you were talking about? Always up for checking out a recommended eatery.

      • cur68 - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        S’Cold, bro. Wear the fur of animals. The down of geese. The blubber of seals. The GoreTex of DuPont. Otherwise…things could freeze off a man. Give Margo a big smooch for me.

      • seeinred87 - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        You want music without drawers? Or is that a slang usage that I’m unfamiliar with?

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