The Giants are for real. With baseball’s best pitcher Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain at the top, Barry Zito building off of the success he had in the second half of 2009, and Jonathan Sanchez emerging as one of baseball better young pitchers, the Giants’ rotation is arguably the best in baseball.
In addition, their bullpen, anchored by closer Brian Wilson and set-up men Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo, is among the best in baseball.
Despite the additions of Aubrey Huff and Mark DeRosa, their offense still leaves a lot to be desired, but is tremendously improved over last year. Hot starts by Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand, both of whom have been a tremendous disappointment since signing with the Giants via free agency, have played an important role in reviving the offense.
While Rowand’s recent injury may hurt the team some, backup-turned-starter Eugenio Velez has proven that he is an asset to the team at the plate, on the base paths, and in the field.
The Giants offense is nothing more than pretty good, but with their tremendous pitching staff they are a team to be reckoned with. I expect them to collect around 95 wins, take home the NL West crown, and make some noise in the playoffs.
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