San Francisco should be a very fun and interesting team to watch this season, and should be able to possibly win the National League WIld Card.
But don't expect the Giants to be able to win the NL West, because they won't be able to beat the Rockies. The Rockies are just too good.
San Francisco's success will be based on the pitching again, which is still very strong, and possibly even better than last year's pitching. The Giants have some of the best young players in baseball including Tim Lincecum and Pablo Sandoval.
Lincecum will likely carry the pitching again, and Sandoval will probably carry the offense once more. San Francisco did improve its offense with the additions of DeRosa and Huff—they aren't necessarily star players, but they will help.
Having players like Madison Bumgarner, John Bowker, Dan Runzler, Waldis Joaquin, Freddy Sanchez (if he can stay healthy), Joe Martinez, Buster Posey, Kevin Pucetas, and Henry Sosa for an entire season will also help the Giants success in 2010. Re-signing Molina and Uribe was a smart move, but San Francisco should have tried harder to re-sign Penny.
The re-signing of Molina means Posey will wait another season to assume the role of starting catcher. He will likely gain some experience at first base, but he needs another year of seasoning before he takes over the full-time catcher role. He should also get mentoring from Molina.
Let's take a look at the players who will be key the Giants success for 2010.
I'm not including those players who have proved they can carry the team. They are: Lincecum, Sandoval, Cain, Affeldt, Runzler, Wilson, Freddy Sanchez (if he can stay healthy), DeRosa, Molina, and Uribe.
Pitching and defense is huge, but offense is what gets a team to the playoffs and wins championships.
Time will tell if the Giants have all of the tools to get to the playoffs again and win the NL Wild Card.