#18 - San Francisco
Offense: At least Miggy has a ring now, right?. WsL Rank: 14th
Starting Pitching: It'd be nice if the season was only 100 games long. WsL Rank: 16th
Relief Pitching: Instead of a who's who, we have a who cares.WsL Rank: 21st
Coming off a division win, the future looked great for San Francisco. They had a loaded draft, managed their cap and re-tooled for runs 2-3 years down the line. Unfortunately, the previous owner left the team to go on tour across Asia to dispel the stereotype that all Americans are attractive and not obnoxious (Hi Mike! :D). Once new ownership took over, they couldn't wait to trade their best pitcher, CJ Wilson, to Toronto for the usual crap sandwich. Soon after, the Juice came a callin'. The rest, as they say, is history and the Hooks lost 50 more games than they had the year before.
Final Record: 47-115, 4th in NL West
Team AVG: .239, 22nd in the WsL
Team OBP: .311, T-21st in the WsL
Team SLG: .357, 24th in the WsL
Team ERA: 4.76, 19th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .286, 21st in the WsL
HR Allowed: 142, 6th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
The Hooks acquired an annual-MVP candidate in Miguel Cabrera for a young SP that's big on potential and short on results in Stephen Strasburg. While it's hard to move a pitcher in his rookie deal when he could win a Cy Young award soon, he might be doing it AFTER he's been paid. San Francisco gained some cost certainty here while adding one of the best bats of his generation.
Worst Offseason Move
It is rare to find a team that does one thing better than anyone else. Unfortunately, the Hooks have mastered the art of swapping 1st round picks for 2nd round picks and happily taking four quarters for a dollar. Really, just go to the transactions page and hit Ctrl+F and look them up. The only way most of them make sense is if Ashton Kutcher pops out at the end with the Punk'd crew.
PG's '11 Prediction
Hard to get excited about the team when they've blown their cap flexibility, unloaded their whole farm system and settled in that also-ran spot so snugly. As one AL owner put it, "there's no direction here -- other than down the drain, that is."65-97 record.