Marco Scutaro was a cast-off in Colorado.
With the Rockies out of playoff contention and Scutaro
sputtering, the team traded the 36-year-old infielder to the Giants at the
trade deadline in exchange for cash considerations and infielder Charlie
At the time, the transaction was just another midseason
acquisition. Scutaro wasn't expected to make a groundbreaking impact.
Yet, during the National League Championship Series, he
came out of nowhere to carry the Giants' offense by drilling 14 hits — a
league championship series record — en route to winning NLCS MVP honors. In
the process, he tallied an 11-game hitting streak.
Sound familiar? It should because Scutaro is emerging as
San Francisco's 2012 version of Cody Ross.
Two years ago, the Giants plucked Ross from waivers and
received him from the Marlins for absolutely nothing. Ross was just another
midseason acquisition, a right-handed hitter expected to platoon in the
Yet, during the National League Championship Series, Ross
ignited the Giants' offense by belting three home runs and five RBIs while
hitting .350 on his way to winning NLCS MVP honors. In the process, he tallied a
10-game hitting streak.
Buoyed by Ross' exploits, San Francisco toppled Texas in
the 2010 World Series by winning the series, 4-1. While the Giants are still
two games away from duplicating the feat, Scutaro is certainly doing a splendid
rendition of Ross' act.
If anything, he's actually eclipsed Ross' memorable run
in the NLCS –– hitting .500 against the Cardinals. He also strung together
those numbers despite a hip strain, which he suffered when Matt Holliday took
him out in a second-base slide.
Until Game 2 of the World Series, Scutaro had collected hits
in 11 straight postseason games, eclipsing Ross' franchise-record of 10 set
back in 2010.
Both players are just two of five midseason pick-ups to
ever win a postseason MVP award. They were underappreciated at the trade
deadline, but now etching their names in the record books with the Giants.