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While it was generally accepted that the Giants would be a team to be reckoned with in 2010, GM Brian Sabean started the party early, acquiring first baseman Ryan Garko from the Indians and second baseman Freddy Sanchez from the Pirates.  My prediction is that these two players will help the deliver the Giants an NLCS championship.  They are huge upgrades over the production that the Giants are currently getting from these positions.  At first base, the Giants received a .747 OPS, ranked 25th in the league, and at second, a .601 OPS, good for a rank of 28. 

Sanchez brings to the table a .776 OPS, and will probably give the giant an extra fifteen runs above average based on weighted on-base average.  Garko owns a .826 OPS, and based on the same statistics, should give the Giants an extra five runs over their current production.  Over the course of 61 games, twenty runs is nothing to shake a stick at.  An extra .33 runs per game would move them from the 27th ranked offence in runs scored to 23rd, a significant increase.  If you add .33 runs per game to their current statistics this season, their Expected Pythagorean Record winning percentage would jump from a pedestrian .532 to .615.  To put that in perspective, the Yankees and Dodgers are leading the league with a .614 winning percentage. 

Already leading the Wild Card Race, the Giants, barring a serious injury to Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain, should slide comfortable into the postseason.  This is when they will be the most dangerous.  Lincecum and Cain form the most dangerous 1-2 punch in the NL, and will be extremely effective in a post-season series.  Let’s take a look at the Giants new and improved roster.


C – Bengie Molina (80 OPS+)

1B – Ryan Garko (114 OPS+, 12.1 UZR/150)

2B – Freddy Sanchez ( 109 OPS+, 6.3 UZR/150)

3B – Pablo Sandoval (142 OPS+, -1.07 UZR/150)

SS – Edgar Renteria (65 OPS+, -1.9 UZR/150)

LF – Fred Lewis (93 OPS+, 3.0 UZR/150)

CF – Aaron Rowand (102 OPS+, 8.4 UZR/150)

RF – Randy Winn (86 OPS+, 15.1 UZR/150)

Utility IF – Juan Uribe (94 OPS+, 7.38 UZR/150)

On average, this line-up has an OPS+ of 98.3, barely below league average.  When you combine that with their stellar pitching, they will be a force to be reckoned with.  They are also an above average defensive squad, with a cumulative UZR/150 of 49.31 among these nine players.  This is 49 runs that the Giants will save on defence alone. 


SP – Tim Lincecum (2.30 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 1.99 FIP)

SP – Matt Cain (2.27 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 3.81 FIP)

SP – Barry Zito (4.54 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 4.37 FIP)

SP – Jonathan Sanchez (4.92 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 4.33 FIP)

SP – Randy Johnson (4.81 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 4.91 FIP)

Bullpen – (3.37 ERA , 1.32 WHIP, 3.74 ERA)

While starters three through five leave much to be desired, Lincecum and Cain are so dominant and throw so many innings that the Giants still have second best starting pitcher ERA in the league.  The bullpen is ranked third.  Even when you factor out the excellent fielding; the starters and relievers rank third and fourth respectively in FIP.

Even though Sabean gave up a big part of the future in Tim Alderson to acquire Sanchez, it was well worth it.  So there you have it folks, the 2009 NL Champion San Francisco Giants.


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As you know, the All-Star rosters were expanded to 33 players this year, and once again it came down to the Finale Vote to decide the 33rd player on each team.  This year, fans voted a record 68.6 million times, electing Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandan Inge, and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino.

While these two players certainly deserve to be All-Stars, and the Tigers and Phillies combined for an epic “Bran-Torino” campaign, there were players on the ballot from both leagues that were more deserving.

American League

Adam Lind has done nothing short of tear the cover off the ball for the Toronto Blue Jays.  He is tied for fourth in the American League with 26 doubles, tied for tenth with Inge with 19 home runs, and third in total bases with 183.  Despite this, he finished last among voters.  Here is how their numbers stack up.

Lind Inge





The only area in which Inge holds an advantage is his stellar defence at third base, while Lind is stuck at DH in Toronto.  While Inge’s comeback to All-Star is certainly a heartwarming story, based on the numbers, it should be Lind.

National League

I was really surprised that my personal favourite, Pablo Sandoval, the Kung Fu Panda, was overtaken by Victorino on the last day.  While you cannot really compare their numbers because they are different types of players, my choice would have been Sandoval.  He is seventh in the National League with a .326 average and tenth with a .939 OPS.  He has also endeared himself to fans with his, shall we say, portly physique.

I cannot complain too much about this one as Victorino deserves this opportunity as much as anyone, and we will have plenty more chances to see Sandoval in All-Star games in the future. 

It should be an exciting game in St. Louis, and I cannot wait until next year when we get to complain about the starters and snubs once again.

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