Found October 27, 2011 on hardballchat.com:
The defending World Champs were doomed from the get-go. Their 2010 victory was built on a house of cards. Of course, that is what makes baseball fun. They pitched over their heads and had a run of good luck down the stretch. This year, they weren’t so lucky. Buster Posey went down early in the season, and Aubrey Huff turned back into a pumpkin. If it weren’t for Pablo Sandoval (in more ways than one), the season could have gone up in smoke. The fielding was still good overall, but they took some shortcuts that ended badly. DER: .701 (10th) RA: 578 (2nd) FLD%: .983 (16th) Baseball Reference: +19 runs (10th) Fangraphs: +12.0 runs (10th) Fielding Bible: +17 runs (11th) Baseball Prospectus: +13.4 runs (7th) Composite Runs: +15.4 runs Much like the San Diego Padres, the Giants went from brilliant (first in the NL in DER in 2010) to merely good. The problem was that their offense took a step backwards. Throughout much of the season, they continued the same magic and kept the...
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