Last season, the San Francisco Giants dropped off the nation’s radar after a World Series run in 2010.
Part of this was because Marlins rookie Scott Cousins decided to barrel into Buster Posey at home plate in late May, ending our beloved catcher’s season. There was also the fact that our overall offense flat-out sucked outside of Pablo Sandoval, Freddy Sanchez and the rising Nate Schierholtz.
But think of it this way: Even with an offense that scored the second-fewest runs in baseball, we still finished 86-76. We still finished a mere four games back in the wild-card race and we came in second in the NL West.
I was skeptical of the Melky Cabrera signing at first but he’s been swinging a red-hot bat in spring training and, honestly, there’s no way our offense can be as bad as last year. We had 11 players with at least 200 at-bats last season – SEVEN of them hit below .250. It really can’t get worse than that.
Beyond that, we still have good pitching. Yes, Barry Zito worries me, as always, but Eric Surkamp and Dan Runzler also have the capability of emerging into Zito’s spot this year. We still have a stellar bullpen.
There are a lot of questions concerning how our beloved Gigantes will bounce back this year. In the end, I see them answering those questions emphatically and giving the Arizona D-Bags a run for their money.