The general theme of the BP write-up on the Giants was that in 2010 they showed the value of marginal improvements at different positions throughout the lineup. The pitching continued to be dominant, and by removing some sinkhole offensive players with solid bats they went from an 88 win team in 2009 to 92 win team in 2010. The improvement was enough to win the West, and obviously, the World freaking Series.
The hope in 2011 is that full years of Posey and Bumgarner along with a bounceback season from Pablo Sandoval will cover up any possible regression from vets like Burrell, Huff and Torres. The difficulty is that this year, there don't appear to be sinkhole players that can just be replaced by an average player that will amount to an extra win or two. The one bullet we have left in the chamber is wunderkind prospect Brandon Belt. However his projected positions are LF and 1B, which are likely to be filled by two of our three best offensive players from last year, in Burrell and Huff. So unless they completely crap the bed, and Belt comes up on fire, its hard to project he'll make much of a difference.
Unllleesssssss, they bring Belt up to play in RF. I love the Boss, but looking at a likely <.320 OBP in a corner spot and wonder if we can't do better. BP has Belt projected to hit .278/.372/481. By all accounts he's a fluid athlete with a great arm, if maybe lacking in speed. Can't he play a RF like a Jermaine Dye or David Justice? Or will the vast RF stetches at Mays Field be better off with Cody's quasi-CF ability?