So the Giants didn't repeat in 2011; they didn't even make the playoffs. The honeymoon season for fans and players was a disappointment.
Buster Posey's absence didn't help, but it's still hard to explain how the Giants watched a four-game lead in late July morph into an eight-game deficit at season's end.
You could blame it on the anemic offensive production, or that Diamondbacks flat out won the division.
Looking past from the hype and excitement its pretty clear the Giants will improve on last year's record.
Here are five players flying under-the-radar who will make an impact this year.