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The San Francisco Giants offense was best described as inconsistent in 2010. The team was led by their outstanding pitching staff, and if the offense could score even three or four runs a game, the Giants would usually win. The problem was the team often had trouble scoring those three or four runs.
The 2011 offense should be improved and that should help Tim Lincecum win more games. If the offense can get Lincecum more runs, he will not need to be as perfect as he sometimes tries to be.
There are times when Tim Lincecum tires to strike everyone out, which rapidly increases his pitch count. If the Giants' offense can give him more early leads, he will be able to pitch to contact more, which should help to keep his pitch count down. This will enable him to stay in games longer and give him more chances to pile up the wins.
The Giants will have a more set lineup in 2011, as manager Bruce Bochy was forced to juggle and play matchups quite a bit in 2010. San Francisco will get a full year from Buster Posey and Cody Ross, both offensive upgrades over Bengie Molina and Nate Schierholtz.
Andres Torres emerged as a solid leadoff hitter and Aubrey Huff was the offensive leader in 2010. Both are back for 2011.
In addition, I expect Pablo Sandoval to hit a lot better in the coming season. He may not duplicate his 2009 season when he hit .330 with 25 home runs and 90 RBI, but he should be a lot better than last year. In 2010, Sandoval fell off to a batting average of .268 with only 13 home runs and 63 RBI. I anticipate somewhere in the middle of the past two seasons, which will be a welcome upgrade over 2010.
The improved offense will greatly benefit Tim Lincecum, as he is an excellent frontrunner when given a lead. He is much more aggressive challenging hitters and is able to get outs on fewer pitches this way. In a tight game, Lincecum would often pitch carefully, going deeper into counts and running up his pitch totals.
The improved offense will have many residual benefits for Tim Lincecum.