Hunter Pence’s Impending Contract

Sports By the Numbers

The SF Giants are in the death throes of an utterly abysmal follow-up to their 2012 World Championship.  With 81 losses already, they will finish below .500 unless they win out, and have long since  been eliminated from the NL West race by the resurgent Dodgers.  Much of the talk, rightly, focuses on 2014 and beyond, and one of the main points of conversation has been Hunter Pence, the emotional leader of last year’s championship run.

Hunter Pence, set to hit free agency right after this year’s World Series, is posting a career year, having posted a 295/345/499 slash line along with 25 HRs and 21 SBs.  Among OF, Pence’s 5.3 fWAR and wRC+ of 139 both rank 6th.   Aside from a slight uptick in ISO and the additional steals, Pence’s swing and contact rates and other peripherals are consistent with who he has been since entering the…

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