This was a great year. I loved watching "meaningful" games in September, and my lovely wife now finds baseball entertaining, thanks to Panda and Eugenio and Timmy. But pennant contenders? Not for a while.
There are no quality hitters besides Pablo, and there are serious offensive deficiencies at every other position. I will probly be more optimistic around March, but now I think that Renteria is old, slow, and coming back from surgery. Sanchez younger but likewise, if they sign him. Uribe was declining several consecutive years before his recent rally, and may bolt for more money. Who's catching?--Whiteside as of now. As for the 3 gaps in the outfield--
On MCC somebody noted that all 5 Colorado outfielders were better than any SF outfielder. After I realized how true this was (any of Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzales, Spilborghs, Hawpe, and Seth Smith would become an immediate starter if we had him), I wondered about other teams. Using just OPS, and looking at our baseline of: Torres 876 Lewis 738 Rowand 738 Velez 708 (757 after allstar) Scheierholz 702 Winn 671
the Brewers field Braun 937, Cameron 795 Hart 753 plus Catalanotto 728 and young Gerut 654
Cards have Matt Holliday 1023 Ludwick 775 Cody Rasmus 714, Duncan dropping 687
and the Phillies send out Ibanez, Werth, and Victorino, all over 800 as is Ben Francisco. So none of our outfielders would start for any other good team. Those teams could send us their 4th or 5th best and he would start here and bat 3, 4, or 5. Too many holes to fill for 2010, folks. Let's think farther ahead, when Thomas Neal and his mates can help. I will enjoy watching Torres and Velez run the bases meanwhile. Sorry I can't get "the jump" to operate here on Chrome.