If I told you that the team that won the World Series last year by throwing three aces at the top of their game in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, you’d believe me because “pitching wins championships.”
In 2011, all three of those pitchers are healthy and putting up arguably elite numbers. Yet the phrase “pitching wins championships” only goes so far, as the Giants' offense is so poor that they are now 79-70 and 7.5 GB of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the NL West Division lead.
The Giants offense struck fire in the postseason last year, but this year they’ve been one of the worst in the game. They give no run support to the Giants pitching, their team batting average is the third worst in the MLB at .239 and they have the second worst team batting average in the NL. They’re also 24th in stolen bases, are the worst NL team in hits and are last overall in terms of runs scored.
These are all areas that a player like Jose Reyes could help improve, and he could light the fire under the Giants squad to get them playing at the top of their game once again.
Much of the speculation for the Reyes signing goes to San Francisco Giants rumors for the shortstop. The Giants have made their desire public, and after working with the Mets to trade for Carlos Beltran, they’ve got experience talking to the team.
Beltran was Reyes’ best friend in New York, and if he returns next season, he could be a draw for Reyes. The two of them could help offensive production for a team that is now well below average.
The stadium is perfectly built for Reyes to rack up triple after triple, and his stolen bases would be phenomenal with that team.
The Giants are currently the No. 7 overall team according to Forbes, raised their value 16 percent last season, are in the Top 10 in TV ratings and their 2010 $230 million revenue set a team record. San Francisco also offers the sixth best television market in the nation.
The Giants will not make the playoffs this season, and will try to make a push at another World Series next year. Reyes would be their best move.
Mets Fan Reaction: “Do I want to see Reyes go? Of course not. But this is certainly a move that makes sense and helps add another MLB powerhouse. Reyes and Lincecum would be beautiful.”