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  1. It’s fun to see how quickly a franchise can turn a struggling lineup around with some key additions.

    Comment by Lenmb — August 17, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

  2. Especially when those additions were like picking lotto numbers. No one expected Huff to have this kind of year, obviously Burrell was really struggling for Tampa, Torres is having a career year for a 32 yr old CF (as a more or less second year player in the majors), and Fontenot seemed to come out of nowhere and just in time (freddy is really not hitting well at all). Can they hit? Not sure still if they’re even an average offense, and watching them against the Padres at Pac Bell was pretty brutal.
    Also, it’s really easy to forget all of the moves that didn’t work this season. Wellemeyer, Molina although that seemed to work out pretty well in the end, Sanchez, relievers, bowker and nate as starters,

    Comment by Paul — August 17, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  3. I feel this post is unobjective.
    Freddy Sanchez has a lifetime .295 BA. He has hit over .320 in a year once in his major league career. He has hit over .300 twice. And saying that he has the capability of hitting .320 without mentioning the injury risk inherent in Sanchez seems disingenuous.
    Aubrey Huff has a ZIP ROS wOBA of .367 and I’ll take the under on that. Lifetime .349 wOBA, age 33, abysmal year last year.
    Burrell’s AVG is unsustainably higher than his career levels.
    The other contributors you mentioned are all overperforming by my standards. I think that this post, hyping the lineup, without even mentioning the possibility of regression, got my panties in a knot.

    Comment by Gary — August 17, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

  4. Never thought I would write about Huff this year, but he has had a year!

    Comment by tdotsports1 — August 17, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

  5. This article is the definition of weak sauce. I feel that Pat is a Hack and should be forbidden from brining his nonsense to a great website like fangraphs.

    Comment by JK — August 17, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  6. Based on his track record, it isn’t that unreasonable to suggest Sanchez is capable of hitting .320 over a 6 week stretch (as opposed to a 6-month stretch), seeing as how almost every guy in the big leagues is capable of putting together a hot stretch and he’s done it before for an entire season. That being said, it ain’t gonna happen.

    To me, their season boils down to Lincecum. Without him pitching well, they won’t go far in the playoffs if they even make it that far.

    Comment by James — August 17, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  7. Although Lincecum has been inconsistent, he has pitched bad.
    FIP: 3.27
    XFIP: 3.39
    Just to put that in perspective, Ubaldo Jimenez, 17-3, 2.59 ERA.
    FIP: 3.09
    XFIP: 3.73
    Obviously Lincecum isn’t the top starting pitcher in the NL this year (Josh Johnson), but he is still a legit ace. What the Giants really need is a better offense, better relief pitching, and to take out one of the Padres’ starting pitchers (Mat Latos comes to mind).

    Comment by Paul — August 17, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

  8. hasn’t pitched bad

    Comment by Paul — August 17, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  9. Completely overlooked here has been the impact of Andres Torres as the leadoff hitter. His .288/.370/.496/.867 has to make him one of the top leadoff men in the game. And this on a team whose last true leadoff hitter may have been Kenny Lofton.

    Throw in Torres’ Gold Glove-level defense, and he might be the Giants MVP to date. A strong argument could also be made for the more noticeable Aubrey Huff, who not only has hit with power but has played unexpected defense at three positions.

    Comment by SharksRog — August 17, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  10. Do you think he’s still completely overlooked? He might not be shown on ESPN every night making plays, but as far as Giants fans and baseball fans go, he’s pretty known right now.

    Comment by Paul — August 17, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

  11. Re: Torres Gold Glove-level defense-

    Torres is a legit top 5 defensive OF in the league based both on sabermetric defensive stats and just based on the naked eye…He should win a gold glove, but i wouldnt be surprised if he didnt, just because he is moved around the OF positions a lot depending on who else is starting.

    Now if only Bochy would keep Torres in CF every single day. It its unbelievable that he is moved to a corner on days when Rowand (inexplicably) gets a start.
    Rowand has a slow first step, still takes poor routes to deep balls in the gap, and doesnt seem to judge balls well that are hit directly over his head. Granted, this last part is purely subjective based on watching 4-5 Giants games per week all season so far, but Torres does all those things well.

    But I guess I should be encouraged by the fact that Rowand does in fact sit most days, something everyone knew was long overdue

    Comment by cs3 — August 17, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

  12. This team has been a pleasure to watch. Just seeing Aubrey Huff’s face light up during the first legitimate meaningful baseball he’s played in his career, or stone-faced Pat Burrell doing his best to avoid cracking a smile (you can tell) makes a difficult last few seasons completely and totally worth it. While the Giants had some great years in the early 2000s, Barry Bonds teams were never “fun.” Everyone had this serene, “I’m going to do my job and get it over with,” mentality. Now with young leadership (25 year old Matt Cain is the longest tenured Giant), this team is having fun and playing great baseball.

    Comment by saberbythebay — August 17, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

  13. not sure why, but my thought when I read the title of this article was “Barry Larkin”. So, I expected to read about the Reds.

    Comment by PhD Brian — August 17, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

  14. Dodger fan?

    Comment by Jay — August 17, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

  15. Buster Posey has been a right-handed hitting version of Joe Mauer this season. Both players have done their best hitting to the opposite field and have hit there a lot.

    The most unusual statistic from Buster is that in over 250 major league at bats, he has yet to hit an infield pop up. Anyone ever hear of anything like that before?

    Comment by SharksRog — August 17, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

  16. That would certainly help explain his high BABIP and BA. I don’t know if that’s a repeatable skill, though — anyone?

    Comment by Brandon T — August 18, 2010 @ 6:43 am

  17. Funny that. I had just assumed it was about Barry Bonnell and the Jays.

    Comment by Bill — August 18, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

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