The 2010 San Francisco Giants won the World Series, but the 2011 Giants failed to make the playoffs. The major problem for the Giants was run production, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in total runs scored, even less than the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros.
They ranked in the bottom third of every major bating category, ranging from RBI to total bases to slugging percentage, but this does not mean they are a lackluster team.
Although the Giants have had trouble scoring runs, the production of the pitching staff has kept the team afloat. With aces Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, the Giants have been able to keep near the top of the division in the NL West.
This bubble may burst this season, but with acquisitions in Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan, as well as the health of catcher Buster Posey, the Giants may have a shot to win the NL West and regain postseason status in 2012.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers have not finished better than third in the West since 2009, a season in which they won 95 games. Hopefully, they can return to glory in 2012, but they will have to overcome the Giants to win the West.
The following slides will detail why the Giants have a better shot at winning the West in 2012, but will by no means portray the Giants as a better franchise.
For the record, I'm not a huge fan of the Giants. In fact, this is the hardest article that I've ever written.