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Andres Torres is one of several underperforming Giants. Can he really be expected to return to his 2010 production?
When a team is hot, struggling players can be hidden in the line up. When a team plays poorly and struggles through an extended losing streak, sometimes the only way out of it is to shake things up a little bit. The Giants don't have the luxury to shake up too many spots on the field or in the line up.
Andres Torres plays center field, bats lead-off and is a shell of the player he was for the 2010 Giants. He is the player he has been for his entire career, so it is safe to assume that is who he will remain. Those are two difficult positions for the team to replace, but Brian Sabean may have to find a way to replace Torres if they don't snap out of their doldrums soon.
First base and 5th or 6th in the line up belong to Aubrey Huff. Ideally Huff would hit well enough to bat third followed by Carlos Beltran and Pablo Sandoval, and maybe he would hit better there anyway. He would see a lot more fastballs hitting in front of those two guys and that alone could shake him free of his slump. Whatever happens, he has to hit or his is another slot that the Giants would have to consider shaking up if they don't start winning soon.
Catcher and 8th in the line up belong to the extremely weak hitting Giants catching tandem of Chris Stewart and Eli Whiteside. If Sabean could have replaced them both by now he would have. They are both back up catchers and the extended playing time they have both received since Buster Posey was injured has exposed them as such.
Shortstop and the back end of the batting order. Orlando Cabrera is better defensively than Miguel Tejada and hits for a slightly better average than Brandon Crawford, Crawford has a better on base percentage and is their best defensive shortstop by far. Cabrera is a veteran who has won and his experience could be very valuable down the stretch. I would expect this to be the last position to be addressed if any are at all.