Over at Bay Area Sports Guy I wrote up a post comparing the 2010 and 2012 teams. I was pretty surprised that the 2010 team came out ahead but maybe I shouldn't have been with the superior pitching.
Here is the conclusion. Check out the full post for the whole thing.
Cumulative Fangraphs Numbers2010 Giants hitting (fWAR): 32.52010 Giants pitching (fWAR): 18.42010 Giants fielding (UZR): 60.72012 Giants hitting (fWAR): 28.82012 Giants pitching (fWAR): 15.42012 Giants fielding (UZR): 0.0
One thing to note: based on Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), the 2010 Giants were the best defensive team in Major League Baseball. In 2012, they started out so badly that they’re going to finish the year right in the middle of the pack. We’ll just have to wait and see if defense becomes an issue this October.
Overall, the 2010 Giants might have been a little bit better based on the strength of that team’s pitching staff, but I think that the 2012 offense could hold their own with the 2010 team.