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Aubrey Huff, the home run and RBI leader for the 2010 world champions, is hitting just .232 so far in 2011.
The San Francisco Giants are a curious bunch, and not just because of the facial hair, animal nicknames and spandex tuxedos.
Nobody can seem to figure out exactly how this club, despite injury after injury to key players including 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey, and a nearly nonexistent offense, has managed to post a 57-42 record to lead the NL West by four games.
The defending champions surprised the baseball universe with their World Series victory last season, and are continuing to beat the odds so far in 2011.
The biggest problem they have—just as with the Phillies and Braves—is their offense, which is currently ranked near the bottom of the league in most categories.
And the reason they stand to gain the most from acquiring Carlos Beltran is because of just how terrible their offense is.
The Giants as a team are hitting just .243, with an on-base percentage of just .309 and a slugging percentage of .362. They are ranked 13th in the league in all three categories. San Francisco has scored 361 runs, placing them 14th in the N.L.
So going after a guy like Carlos Beltran would make a lot of sense, right?
Maybe not for a team whose front-office strategy involves heavy investment in the development of its farm system, leading to a reluctance to trade top prospects for a bat that may just be a rental anyway.
But Beltran would help the Giants more than the Phillies and Braves for the obvious reason that the Giants offense is currently not as good as either Atlanta's or Philadelphia's.
In a postseason that promises to be one of elite pitching and low-scoring affairs, incremental advantages offensively become ever more important, and if the Giants acquired Beltran, they'd be closing the hitting gap between themselves and their two nemeses to the east.