In Moneyball, Johah Hill's Peter Brand character tells Billy Beane that in order to win games, a team needs to buy runs. In 2008, the Giants played their first season without Barry Bonds, the housing bubble burst and the market for runs in San Francisco went in the toilet. While definitely not a fresh topic, offense remains the key to Giants' hopes of another World Series run.
The 2011 Giants were 55-9 when scoring more than three runs. The Yankees averaged 5.3 runs per game, which means if the Giants had the Yankees' offense, they would have gone 149-13. Or something like that.
There are usually two options when a team struggles to score runs:
1. Get better players
2. Don't score more runs
Bruce Bochy can't do a whole lot to improve this situation. This isn't basketball or football, where a coach can squeeze points out of his team with the right combination of scheme and motivation. During the game, a baseball manager leans against the dugout rail, slaps on his lucky shades and tosses out the occasional "Get 'em next time."
There are small ways in which a manager can affect in-game results. Often we only notice these when they go horribly wrong. Here are some suggestions that might help Bochy improve the Giants' run-scoring ability in 2012.