San Francisco Giants' manager Bruce Bochy was forced to juggle his starting lineup tremendously in 2011. Injuries and poor performances from several of his regulars dictated this.
Over the course of the year, the Giants fought injuries and ineffectiveness to key regulars like Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, Cody Ross, Nate Schierholtz, Miguel Tejada, Pat Burrell, Andres Torres, Aubrey Huff, Brandon Belt, Barry Zito, Brian Wilson, Jeremy Affeldt and Jonathan Sanchez.
The Giants of 2011 also had to integrate Carlos Beltran and Jeff Keppinger into the mix around the trade deadline. Beltran got off to a slow start, then just as he began hitting, he was injured. Beltran did not show real flashes of himself until it was too late.
Keppinger started out just fine, but faded badly down the stretch when the Giants needed him most. He was also a weak defensive player with little range.
The Giants are hoping for good health in the 2012 season. If they get it, they will have a legitimate shot at winning the NL West. Let's take an advance look at who I expect to be playing major roles by the All-Star break, in 2012.