Carlos Beltran Trade: 5 Reasons Giants Are Now Favorites to Repeat as NL Champs

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Carlos Beltran Trade: 5 Reasons Giants Are Now Favorites to Repeat as NL Champs
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In acquiring Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets on Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants significantly upgraded the one area of weakness that had the potential to derail their quest for a second straight World Series appearance in 2011: the offense.

Now that Carlos Beltran will don a Giants uniform and bring his 15 home runs, 66 RBI, and .391 on base percentage to the City by the Bay, here are five reasons why San Francisco is now the favorite to win the National League pennant for a second consecutive season.

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