Charlie Culberson was the most important ingredient for the San Francisco Giants as they came back to win the National League pennant in Game 7 Monday night. He did record a hit, nor an RBI. He did not throw a single strike either.
It was only in a trade, on July 27th, that sent Marco Scutaro to the Bay Area in return for this infielder prospect.
Scutaro was named NLCS Most Valuable Player moments after recording the final out in Game 7 in a downpour. He hit .500 (14-for-28), including three doubles, two RBI and five runs scored in the series. All of this coming after getting taken out on a slide by Matt Holliday in Game 2, where we was forced to leave the game.
His loss to the Rockies was about as big as his gain to the Giants.
Scutaro was traded to the Colorado in the offseason and was a versatile and formidable player on an overall inept team. Former manager Jim Tracy called him the “most consistent” player on the most unstable of team. The day he was traded there was a void in the Rockies clubhouse.
“Man happy for Scutaro! Great teammate and Individual, glad I got a chance to play with him!” center fielder Dexter Fowler tweeted following Scutaro’s anointment of MVP.
The former Rockie will carry a 10-game hitting streak in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers, starting Wednesday.