The Giants have tabled contract extension talks with Pablo Sandoval, but manager Bruce Bochy doesn't believe the uncertainty is weighing on his third baseman's mind -- or deflating his batting average. Sandoval is hitting just .161 through eight games, but Bochy feels the free-agent-to-be has outperformed the raw statistics.

"I like his approach right now," Bochy said. "He's seeing pitches and showing discipline up there. He's a guy that should have better numbers with the hard-hit outs he's made. He's swinging better than the .160 or whatever it is. He's swinging better than that."

Sandoval has supplemented the lack of early hits by walking five times in 36 plate appearances, and he is seeing 4.33 pitches per plate appearance, the highest rate among the club's regular starters. The Giants believe his former production is coming and Sandoval's camp does, too. That's part of the reason they have held steady in contract negotiations and looked for a deal in excess of the five-year, $90 million one the Giants gave Hunter Pence last September.


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