Tuesday, January 18, 2011

All-Time Giants: The team of the 00's


Giants news is a little slow outside of pics of a slim downed Pablo Sandoval, so I was playing around with the Baseball-Reference play index to come up with some all time Giants teams based on WAR.

The first one that I present here is the team of the 00's.

2000's
POSPlayerYearWAR
CBobby Estalella
2000
2.5
1BJ.T. Snow
2004
3.2
2BJeff Kent
2000
7.9
3BPablo Sandoval
2009
4.8
SSRich Aurilia
2001
6.5
LFBarry Bonds
2001
12.5
CFRandy Winn
2005
3.9
RFEllis Burks
2000
5.5
PTim Lincecum
2008
6.9
PJason Schmidt
2003
5.9
PMatt Cain
2009
5.1
PRuss Ortiz
2001
3.9
PLivan Hernandez
2000
3.1
119.7

This team with everyone playing at this high of a level would have won an astonishing 120 games (rounding up). The guys you expect show up but there are a couple that are surprising.

The first thing that I noticed was the Giants have gotten surprisingly little production from their center fielders. Randy Winn takes the spot with a WAR of 3.9 that he accumulated in just 58 games with the Giants in 2005. Those were a torrid 58 games however with him putting up a triple slash line of .359/ .391/ .680 with 14 HRs.

If you are looking for another reason to be thankfull for Buster Posey look no further then the Giants past catchers. In the decade the only two catchers to break the 2.0 WAR barrier was Bobby Estalella and Benito Santiago everything else was cover your eyes bad.

Another thing that this exercise helped me with is my appreciation for just how good Rich Aurilia was. His last stint sort of clouded the memory a little bit but man what a great season he had in 2001 putting together a .324/ .369/ .572 37 HR season. I still find it hard to believe that he knocked out 37 in one season.

Tim Lincecum was the best pitcher of the decade with both his 2008 and 2009 seasons being better then any one else. Jason Schmidt holds his own with 4 solid seasons from 2002 to 2006. Matt Cain is also solidly implanted on the list with his contributions since joining the team in 2006.

Not included in here but I thought I would mention it anyway but the best reliever of the decade wasn't Robb Nen, Brian Wilson, Rod Beck, Tim Worrell but Felix Rodriguez's 2001. Rodriguez put up a 3.3 WAR with 80.1 innings with a 1.68 ERA and a ERA+ of 240.

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