Featured MLB MLB Team News NL West — 03 March 2011
No one expected the Giants to accomplish what they did in 2010. Nevertheless, they showed just how important pitching can be in the playoffs and silenced their critics en route to winning the World Series. That championship caliber rotation will return in 2011 and could in fact be even stronger as Madison Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez continue to mature. It will surely need to be, as while the Giants do have a couple reliable hitters in the lineup, they are not going to dominate opponents at the plate.

Buster Posey will probably continue his rise to stardom, but outside of him, the remainder of the lineup is nothing to get too excited about. Miguel Tejada was a decent addition at short, but one has to wonder how much he has left in the tank. While the offense probably will not have the potency or good fortune they had down the stretch last year, the pitching staff on this team is so talented that it may not matter. Look for the Giants to repeat as division winners, but don’t expect them to replicate their miraculous run through the playoffs.

Key Additions: Miguel Tejada

Key Losses: Edgar Renteria, Juan Uribe

Lineup:

C: Buster Posey
1B: Aubrey Huff
2B: Freddy Sanchez
3B: Pablo Sandoval
SS: Miguel Tejada
LF: Mark DeRosa
CF: Andres Torres
RF: Cody Ross

Rotation:

1: Tim Lincecum
2: Matt Cain
3: Jonathan Sanchez
4: Madison Bumgarner
5: Barry Zito
CL: Brian Wilson

Critical Players to Success:

Buster Posey: Posey absolutely carried this team at points last season. He is still young, but he has quickly become the heart of this offense. He will need to continue his success at the plate for the Giants to be able to produce runs in 2011.

Pablo Sandoval: For all the success the Giants had in 2010; Pablo Sandoval had an equally difficult time. He struggled mightily compared to his 2009 season and was largely a nonfactor in the postseason. A bounce back year from the Kung Fu Panda would be more than welcome in this meager lineup.

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