MLB Team News NL West — 04 April 2010

Tim Lincecum2009 regular season record: 88-74, Third place, NL West

Major Offseason Acquisitions: Mark DeRosa (STL), Aubrey Huff (DET), Guillermo Mota (LAD), Todd Wellemeyer (STL)

Major Offseason Losses: Randy Winn (NYY), Randy Johnson (retired), Brad Penney (STL), Bob Howry (ARI)

Projected Lineup (2009 stats):

  1. CF-Aaron Rowand (.261 BA, .319 OBP, 15 HR, 64 RBI)
  2. SS-Edgar Renteria (.250 BA, .307 OBP, 5 HR, 46 RBI)
  3. 3B-Pablo Sandoval (.330 BA .337 OBP, 25 HR, 90 RBI)
  4. 1B-Aubrey Huff (.241 BA, .310 OBP, 15 HR, 85, RBI)
  5. LF-Mark DeRosa (.250 BA, .319 OBP, 23 HR, 78 RBI)
  6. C-Bengie Molina (.265 BA, .285 OBP, 20 HR, 80 RBI)
  7. 2B-Juan Uribe (.289 BA, .329 OBP, 16 HR, 55 RBI)
  8. RF-Nate Schierholtz (.267 BA, .302 OBP, 5 HR, 29 RBI)

Projected Starting Rotation/Closer (2009 stats):

  1. RHP Tim Lincecum (15-7, 2.48 ERA, 225.1 IP)
  2. LHP Barry Zito (10-13, 4.03 ERA, 192.0 IP)
  3. RHP Matt Cain (14-8, 2.89 ERA, 217.2 IP)
  4. LHP Jonathan Sanchez (8-12, 4.24 ERA, 163.1 IP)
  5. RHP Todd Wellemeyer (7-10, 5.89 ERA, 122.1 IP)

Closer: RHP Brian Wilson (2.74 ERA, 38 saves)

2010 outlook: San Francisco has one of the best starting rotations in the NL, but will the lineup be able to produce enough to keep them in contention?

Tim Lincecum is coming off of his second-consecutive Cy Young-winning season, and he’s not slowing down anytime soon.

The club also just inked Matt Cain to a lucrative three-year contract extension worth about $28 million.

His greatness has been overshadowed by that of Lincecum, but he’s right there with Adam Wainwright in terms of the best no. 2 starters in the National League.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was a breakout star in 2009, but the rest of the Giants lineup didn’t scare many people.

As a result, the Giants added Mark DeRosa and Aubrey Huff over the winter in an attempt to bolster the powerless lineup.

While they’ll certainly be more productive from the plate this season, will it be enough to help them stick with the Dodgers and Rockies in the West.

They may have the best pitching staff in baseball, but if you can’t score runs, that great pitching goes to waste.

I could imagine the Giants becoming a surprise contender in 2010, but I can just as easily see them stuck in the middle of the pack out West.

2010 prediction: 88-74, Third place, NL West

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