The Giants offense is dreadful and except for brief periods it has been failtastic throughout 2011. But where does it stand in historical terms for a defending World Series winner?
In 2010 while winning the NL West the Giants posted a team OPS+ of 97. Just subpar, surprisingly. This year (before the Timmeh meltdown yesterday) the team's OPS+ stood at 84. It wouldn't surprise to know it's fallen to 83 now.
This differential of 13 (possibly 14) would become the largest drop in OPS+ by any defending champion in the Wild Card Era, surpassing the decline of 12 points of OPS+ suffered by the "defending" Florida Marlins in 1998 (OPS+ dropping from 98 to 86).
"Defending" in quotes invites you to keep in mind that those Marlins actively dismantled their team following their '97 Championship, electing to part with some very expensive key parts in a cost-cutting move.
Does this resonate with you? These Giants hitters are actually performing quantifiably worse than a team that wasn't even trying to repeat as World Series winners.
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