That's what they call it in these sabermetric times--run prevention. We were good at it last year. No--we were very good. I expect we will be very good this year as well. (I've given up writing about run scoring--I expect we will NOT be very good at that.) Our Big Three of Lincecum, Cain, and JSanchez will, barring injuries, flukes, and Acts of Capricious Gods, be outstanding. There's enough depth and talent in the bullpen to keep things humming along in the late innings. But I can't help think of the other part of run prevention--fielding. (I hate saying "defense" in baseball.) What kind of a fielding club will we field in twenty-ten? Will FSanchez be an upgrade up the middle? Winn was a fine fielder, and I think we are lucky to have Olympic Nate to step into that spot. He seems like a fine fielder as well, and certainly has a killer arm. Rowand has good range and is competent as long as he doesn't have to make throws. Lewis scared the crap out of everyone last season but he was fast and athletic and was probably a net positive out there. Sandoval showed he could pick it at third, I expect he'll be able to pick it at first. Renteria is, well, older. Perhaps he can, uh, be, uh, healthier? Yeah, healthier. That's it. Uribe won't embarrass himself, he doesn't strike me as particularly impressive, but he's certainly capable of manning the infield. Ishikawa, as we know, is outstanding. But he plays first--only--and may not have the stick to stick around. We got DeRosa for his bat. I don't know what he looks like in the field. Like I said, we got him for his bat. (Tells you a lot about the ballclub, eh?) Posey will be an upgrade over Molina.
What say, mates? What kind of leather will the Giants flash in 2010?
UPDATE 0644 Monday: We sign Aubrey Huff to play 1B. I reckon that's our "lefty bat." Pablo stays at 3B, I presume. DeRosa will be our LF. Juan Uribe is insurance for Renteria (and FSanchez). Lifetime he has an .812 OPS (113 OPS+). He's 33 and this will be his 11th season and 5th club. I can live with one-year deals for guys like this "on the cheap." He had a .912 OPS in 2008 but a .694 OPS last year. Very Renterian, wouldn't you say? I suppose this means the end of Travis Ishikawa's tenure in orange and black.