Commentary

Poor gloves could doom the Giants

The bats are a good thing, but the defensive liabilities are serious problems

Updated: August 20, 2010, 1:01 PM ET
By Ben Jedlovec | Baseball Info Solutions
Getty ImagesPat Burrell is good with the lumber, but it's a different story when he plays left field.

Considering all that's gone wrong with the San Francisco Giants (especially of late), it's a small miracle the team is still in contention. Heading into 2010, the Giants' outfield was supposed to feature Mark DeRosa, Aaron Rowand and Nate Schierholtz. The trio was projected to provide only adequate offense but above-average defense -- DeRosa and Rowand would each save about three runs over the course of a season and Schierholtz about seven runs -- in support of the Giants' extreme fly-ball prone pitching staff.

Unfortunately, the trio started only three games together.