Much of the talk at this year’s fanfest was on weight, or the lack thereof.
It seems Pablo put on some pounds during his latest trip back home, not much to be concerned off, but enough that Bochy came out and told the press that the Panda has to lose weight. This is likely going to be a pattern for Sandoval through the rest of his career, and as long as he’s able to make plays by opening day, does it really matter that much? Pablo is a natural talent, and he plays like a guy half his size. It could become an issue once he nears 30, but there’s also a pretty good chance he won’t even be on the team come that time.
Meanwhile, both Lincecum and Wilson are coming in lighter. For Timmy, it was the result of ending his weight-gain experiment. One of the beat writers mentioned that towards the end of last year, Timmy started to feel the extra weight in his ankles and feet. The Beard decided to lose some of his bulk after battling lingering muscle injuries throughout the season.
Probably a good call for both pitchers, and a possible tie-in to the discussion we were having here last week as far as pitchers moving away from the weight room and taking a closer look at their flexibility and mechanics rather than how big their biceps are. We’ll have to wait and see how Wilson throws, but I’m pretty confident that a gym rat like him would make sure he’d still have his fastball before adjusting his regimen.